This episode features Dr. Dwayne Donald, Associate Professor in Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. Dr. Donald was born and raised in Edmonton and is a descendent of the Papaschase Cree. He taught both abroad and in Alberta before moving into academia.
Dwayne’s primary research focus is on curriculum initiatives that require teacher and student engagement with Aboriginal concerns and priorities. He looks at the emerging understandings of Plains Cree and Blackfoot philosophies that provide insight into Aboriginal-Canadian relations and the tensions often at play when Aboriginal peoples and their concerns are discussed in classroom contexts.
You can connect with Dr. Donald via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Here is a clip from our conversation about what first steps a teacher might make in using indigenous ways of knowing in the classroom.
A film that Dr. Dwayne Donald recommends is Relearning The Land. (Available for free online)
A book that he recommends is Masons, Tricksters and Cartographers by David Turnbull.