EP 05 CH 2: Indigenous Sovereignty and Right to Self-Determination in Education, ft. Pamala Agawa

By Noor El-Husseini

Podcast Music: Spinnin Tape

This podcast explores how colonization and anti-Indigenous racism operates in schooling. The speakers explore concepts such as decolonizing and Indigenizing educational spaces and the importance of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination in how we conceptualize the future of education. Listeners are invited to consider their responsibilities as treaty people on this land in interrupting the historical legacy of cultural genocide and its contemporary impacts on Indigenous students, families and communities.

About The Speaker

Pamala Agawa, Anishinaabe-kwe from Batchewana First Nation. She is a mom, a daughter, an auntie, a niece, a granddaughter and a sister. She is a Secondary Vice Principal at a secondary school with the York Region DSB. Pam is a coach and a lifelong learner who seizes every opportunity possible to grow as a person.  Currently, her interests are focused in decolonizing instructional practice to create amazing spaces for learning for all (especially Indigenous youth) acknowledging that this is a journey and that this is really rooted within the colonial/ western structure we have all adopted as a system in public education.  Pam loves working alongside youth and believes she is a strong advocate for them in a good way.