We will explore opportunities that help our learners foster a deeper understanding of what it means to acknowledge the traditional and unceded Indigenous territories where they learn, including unceded territory of q̓ícə̓y, qiqéyt, q̓ʷa:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ and semia:mu: First Nations. We will consider how a focused exploration of Indigenous authored picture books and other texts, as well as place based outdoor education can further develop learners' existing understandings and connections. We will then explore how learners can process and articulate facets of this relationship using Loose Parts. These texts capture a moment in learners' growing understanding of what it means to acknowledge unceded Indigenous territory, and have the potential to serve as a facet of their authentic acts of Reconciliation.
Suitable for teachers that are new to or familiar with place based learning and Loose Parts
Celine is a Helping Teacher in Elementary Literacy, collaborating with teachers in intermediate grades. As a settler with an educational background in Xwumuxw Indigenous Studies (BA VIU) and Language and Literacy (MEd UBC) she tries to prioritize learning experiences that invite learners to connect place based learning and literacy development.