Decolonizing Learning in Communities across Canada: Stories of Hope

Regions: North Slave Region, South Slave Region

Tags: social sciences, educational evaluation

Principal Investigator: Porter, Dave M (1)
Licence Number: 15969
Organization: Aurora College
Licenced Year(s): 2016
Issued: Sep 29, 2016
Project Team: Sarah Rosolen (Researcher, Aurora Research Institute/Aurora College), Diane Conrad (Researcher, University of Alberta), Chris Scribe (Researcher, University of Saskatchewan), Dwayne Donald (Research associate, University of Alberta), Suzanne Stewart (Researcher, University of Toronto), Ann Sherman (Researcher, University of New Brunswick), Jeff Baker (Researcher, University of Saskatchewan), Chase Sellwood (Research assistant, Aurora Research Institute), B. Ed. student (TBD) (Research assistant, Aurora College), Graduate students (Research assistants, Each participating institution)

Objective(s): To highlight the positive impacts of different approaches to decolonial education.

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to highlight the positive impacts of different approaches to decolonial education, which will hopefully ultimately arm teachers, schools and communities with the knowledge they need to move forward with the broad-sweeping changes that are required.

Research questions include: What does decolonized education look like Indigenous communities/learners? What supports do teachers and school systems need to adopt decolonized approaches? How are successes evaluated in decolonial education? Will decolonial education support the closing of the education gap between non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples?

This project involves regional project leads collecting stories about different approaches to decolonizing education. Each project will have its own methodology and is undergoing its own ethics review. In year 2, common elements of the stories will be evaluated using interviews with participants in the regional studies (this part will be led by University of Northern British Columbia). Also in year 2, Aurora College will host an on-the-land camp with representatives from each region to review findings and identify a path forward.

This project is a national project involving regional case studies from across the country, being led by Aurora College. Two case studies will take place in the NWT (one in Fort Smith led by Sarah Rosolen and one in Yellowknife led by Suzanne Stewart). Each of these will use a regional research advisory team, involving collaboration with local people in determining the direction of research and communication of results. The project in Fort Smith have a B. Ed. student to assist with the research.

The regional case studies looking at examples of decolonized education in the NWT will develop their own communications plans for sharing their own work, as well as results of the project as a whole. A project booklet, and possibly documentary, will be completed as part of the larger project. The project as a whole will engage NWT teachers, principals and ECE through a webinar that will share results from each of the regional studies. The research team also aim to present findings at the Northwest Territories Teachers Association.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from September 29, 2017 to December 31, 2016.