Critically Considering Indigenizing initiatives in the curriculum in Canada: Research Approaches

The presenters have been participating in research to determine, and critically consider, the work being done in the place now called Canada, to make space for Indigenous Peoples and their ways of being, knowing, doing and relating in the curriculum, motivated by the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action (2015). The presenters engaged in Participatory Action Research (PAR) to dialogue with higher education tutors in accredited engineering programs across the country. They then used Gaudry and Lorenz’s (2018) spectrum of Indigenization to evaluate these self-reported contributions from 25 programs and four organizations. 

This presentation will take participants on a circular journey through our methodological processes. We will begin with land acknowledgements,  as an explicit recognition of the traditional lands belonging to Indigenous peoples, the treaties that govern Canada, and “our presence on the land as visitors and as a part of colonial history” (Indigenous Advisory Committee, Engineers Canada 2021). We will position ourselves in this space, acknowledging our own histories. We will provide definitions to help navigate the space, and give our research context by providing a brief history and present socio-political landscape. We will frame the research with Etuaptmumk, “Two-Eyed Seeing”, and describe our methodological approaches, ending with researcher reflections. We will leave time for discussion and questions. We offer ourselves as colleagues who appreciate the opportunity to present our work in your community and look forward to the dialogues that ensue.

Speakers: Jillian Seniuk Cicek, Alan Steele, Afua Adobea Mante, Pam Wolf, Mary Robinson


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