In this eye and heart-opening era of reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and settlers, conflicts exist in the heart of a French teacher who is teaching a language of colonization to her Indigenous and non-Indigenous secondary students on unceded Ts’msyen territory. This workshop begins with my story of gradual decolonization as a white settler who engages Indigenous ways of knowing and Indigenous content to create a classroom which values local culture and addresses the elitism often associated with learning the French language. We will delve into the ways that the French and second-language classroom can be used as a vehicle for holistic learning and deep appreciation of Indigenous content and ways of knowing, as well as examining the “Five Stages of Settler Decolonization”. The workshop will involve a PowerPoint presentation, as well as group discussions, think/pair/share, example lessons that I ask groups to improve upon, and handouts.
Target audience: 4-7,8-10,11-12