Indigenous Pedagogy

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Indigegogy stands for “Indigenous Pedagogy”, a placeholder signifying the importance of culturally sensitive concepts of teaching and learning. The term is coined by the Opaskwayak Cree Elder and retired Professor Stan Wilson. Pedagogy means that as an educator especially in the mainstream educational system, you have the whole society behind you, the whole culture behind you to support your position as an educator. Indigegogy challenges this normative.

OER resource

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Indigenous Knowledge Learning Outcomes

Indigenous Knowledge Learning Outcomes (IKLO) are Indigenous-focused learning outcomes that will help all learners, regardless of their chosen field of study, better understand Indigenous Peoples, histories, cultures, and realities by the time they graduate. IKLOs are an opportunity to decolonize curriculum and education and to make education safe for those underrepresented, such as Indigenous learners.

IKLO webpage

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Centre for Indigenous Research, Knowledge, and Education (CIRKL)

The primary goals of CIRKL are:

  • Indigenous Programs and approaches to knowledge
  • Indigenous-focused research, data, and access strategies
  • Teaching and learning from Indigenous perspectives (indigegogy)
  • Relationship development to each other, and to the Land
  • Community building and community-accessible resource building
  • Special projects to support Indigenous communities, partner organizations and peoples

Link to CIRKL website (coming soon)

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Indigenous Student Services

Indigenous Student Services offers a wide range of services and activities for our Indigenous students designed to make to your experience here at the College both interesting and fun. Indigenous Student Services hosts a number of cultural awareness activities and workshops including guest speakers, crafts, and Elder as a Resource for our Indigenous Students to access.

Indigenous Student Services

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Traditional Knowledge Labels

Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels are an initiative for Indigenous communities and local organizations. Developed through sustained partnership and testing within Indigenous communities across multiple countries, the Labels allow communities to express local and specific conditions for sharing and engaging in future research and relationships in ways that are consistent with already existing community rules, governance and protocols for using, sharing and circulating knowledge and data. Communities customize their TK Labels. To do this you will need to use the Local Contexts Hub which allows community control over customization and delivery to institutions, data repositories and other organizations.

The TK Labels identify and clarify community-specific rules and responsibilities regarding access and future use of traditional knowledge. This includes sacred and/or ceremonial material, material that has gender restrictions, seasonal conditions of use and/or materials specifically designed for outreach purposes.

The TK Label text is intended to be customized by each community - giving the Labels specificity and context. The title of each TK Label can be translated into one or more languages and displayed in addition to the default Label title. The TK Label icons are not to be altered. This is to ensure national and international recognition and integrity across content and collection management systems, online repositories, websites, and physical exhibits.

Local Contexts was founded by Jane Anderson and Kim Christen in 2010. The Local Contexts project grew from the needs of Indigenous and local organizations who wanted a practical method to deal with the range of intellectual property issues that arise in relation to managing cultural heritage materials. Emerging from Mukurtu CMS platform’s use of traditional knowledge fields to incorporate traditional knowledge and copyright concerns, Local Contexts started as a way to provide strategies for managing, sharing, and protecting digital heritage.

The primary objectives of Local Contexts are to enhance and legitimize locally based decision-making and Indigenous governance frameworks for determining ownership, access, and culturally appropriate conditions for sharing historical, contemporary, and future collections of cultural heritage and Indigenous data. Local Contexts is focused on increasing Indigenous involvement in data governance through the integration of Indigenous values into data systems. Local Contexts offers digital strategies for Indigenous communities, cultural institutions and researchers through the Labels and Notices. Together they function as a practical mechanism to advance aspirations for Indigenous data sovereignty and Indigenous innovation.

Content Hub TKL website

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Maamwi Project

The Maamwi Hub is inspired by the TRC 94 Calls to Action to ensure that the 24 Colleges of Ontario lead in the education of staff and students on the diverse Indigenous histories, cultures, and current Indigenous worldviews. The word "Maamwi" means "together" in Anishinaabemowin, one of the many spoken Indigenous languages in the territory currently referred to as Ontario. We hope that the Maamwi Hub will be a part of your ongoing reconciliation journey. We hope that it serves as a pathway to an authentic commitment to learn and reflect on the past and present impacts of colonial history on Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Indigenous cultures, knowledges, and worldviews.

Maamwi Project Mohawk College Library Maamwi TLP

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Land Acknowledgements

Why do we acknowledge the Land?

To recognize the land is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory you reside on, and a way of honouring the Indigenous people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial. It is important to understand the long-standing history that has brought you to reside on the land, and to seek to understand your place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation. It is also worth noting that acknowledging the land is Indigenous protocol.

College Land Acknowledgement

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