Decolonizing and Indigenizing Education in Canada

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Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek, Dr. Taima Moeke-Pickering
Canadian Scholars’ Press, Jun 1, 2020 - Social Science - 316 pages

Decolonizing and Indigenizing Education in Canada thinks boldly about how to make space for Indigenous knowledges and have an honest discourse on truth and reconciliation. By engaging with Indigenous epistemologies and strategies, the contributors navigate the complexities of the decolonization and indigenization of post-secondary institutions. What is needed in this field is less theorizing and more action: the contributors offer practical steps on how one might positively transform the Canadian academy. Through this lens of action-based solutions, each of the fifteen

chapters advances critical scholarship on issues of pedagogy, curriculum, shifting power dynamics, and challenging Eurocentric perspectives in higher education.

With contributions from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics from across Canada and in varying academic positions, Decolonizing and Indigenizing Education in Canada provides a unique perspective specific to the Canadian education system. Featuring discussion questions, further reading lists, and practical examples of how to engage in decolonization work within the academy, this text is an essential resource for students and scholars studying Indigenous knowledges, education and pedagogies, and curriculum studies.


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Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek is Anishinaabe from the Teme-Augama Anishnabai and is the Vice-President, Equity, People and Culture at York University. She is the former Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs at Laurentian University. A leader in Indigenous education, Dr. Cote-Meek has focused on bringing about systemic changes that attend to equity, diversity, and inclusion in post-secondary education.

Dr. Taima Moeke-Pickering is a Māori of the Ngati Pukeko and Tuhoe tribes. She is a full professor in the School of Indigenous Relations at Laurentian University where she teaches courses on Indigenous research methodologies, international Indigenous issues, and United Nations and Indigenous social work. She has extensive experience working with international Indigenous communities, evaluative research, big data analysis, and photovoice methodologies.

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