Forts, treaty relationships, and the renewal of Indigenous–Canadian Relations in the Social Studies Classroom with Dr. Dwayne Donald

In this episode, Sarah Hougen, Karen Patterson, and Melissa Letourneau, from the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education, are joined by Dr. Dwayne Donald, a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. The conversation centres on Dr. Donalds article Teachers, Aboriginal Perspectives and the Logic of the Fort:

Over the course of their conversation, Dr. Donald expands on the metaphor of the “Fort” as an operating mythology that continues to frame Indigenous-Canadian relations in problematic ways. They also discuss ways educators can provide opportunities for students to learn from Indigenous stories, philosophies, and ways of knowing, without, in the case of non-Indigenous teachers, co-opting or misrepresenting Indigenous practises and/or cultures. Notions of relational renewal and the importance of kinship relations are also explored.

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