2022 Summer Institute for Literacy in Indigenous Content
The Summer Institute is funded through an Indigenous Initiatives Grant sponsored by the Office VP Indigenous. The purpose is to meet TRC Call to Action #57 which calls upon provincial employees to learn the history of Indigenous peoples including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Indigenous rights, Indigenous law, and Indigenous-Crown relations through skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
The program is designed to provide support to faculty who wish to infuse Indigenous content into their existing courses as is recommended in the University of Manitoba’s current strategic plan through discussion of issues and approaches to teaching Indigenous content such as selecting sources, constructing a syllabus and discussing race in the classroom.
We hope that Deans and unit supervisors will credit employees for attendance as part of their professional development.
The aim of the Institute is to build capacity and expertise on our campus for delivering Indigenous content across our curriculum.
- explore the cultural and historical context of Indigenous peoples in Manitoba and across Canada.
- learn about and discuss Indigenous epistemologies and pedagogies and the way these align with and differ from standard Western understandings of knowledge, its acquisition and dissemination.
- learn about different forms of racism at post-secondary institutions and anti-racist pedagogy, while also exploring the problems of white privilege and fragility as obstacles to reconciliation and decolonization in university settings.
- learn to identify and understand Indigenous content for incorporation into curriculum.
- become attuned to the many complicated and sensitive issues related to such content.
- become equipped to deal with situations that may emerge in the classroom as they discuss these topics with a diverse student population.