Settler Educators

March 19, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
501 Tier Building, University of Manitoba
66 Chancellors Cir
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Possibilities for Settler Educator Engagement in the Space Between Cultural Appropriation and Avoidance

Presentation by: Silvia Straka, Gladys Rowe, & Michael Hart

The TRC Calls to Action invite us all to reflect more deeply on our individual and collective responsibility for change. Taking up this call, many Settler educators are seeking to learn how to unsettle the colonial foundations of their knowledge base and institutions and bring Indigenous knowledges and ways of being and doing into the classroom. Some Settler educators are coming to understand that it is not enough to define one class in a course for Indigenous issues, or inviting an Indigenous scholar or Elder to be responsible for changing settler society.

This presentation is intended for Settler educators who are seeking conversation on how to take up their responsibilities for decolonizing education in a good way. In this presentation, Settler educator Silvia Straka hopes to begin a discussion with Cree educators Gladys Rowe and Michael Hart, as well as others who are in the room, on the possibilities for Settler educator engagement.