New post offers support in Indigenizing curriculum – Western News

by ahnationtalk on July 13, 202020 Views

July 13, 2020

Ask Sara Mai Chitty, BA’14, MA’15, to describe land-based learning, and chances are, the Anishinaabekwe storyteller and educator will share an anecdote to illustrate the concept.

“A couple of years ago, there was a story about a whale carrying her dead calf around on her back for several weeks in mourning. I read a column that argued, if a whale can grieve her loss that long, shouldn’t there be extended parental leave for grieving parents in the (United) States?

“That’s the Indigenous approach to looking at things. What do we see in our environment? How do those relationships work with each other and how can that inform how we can engage with our environment and with each other?”

Through this lens, Chitty considers her role as Western’s first Indigenous Curriculum and Pedagogy Advisor (Indigenous Initiatives). Available to support faculty and staff in Indigenizing and decolonizing their curriculum, she’s also charged with developing and facilitating Indigenous learning opportunities with campus and community partners.

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