Faculty of Education
University of Alberta.
Lecture in English
Recent curricular initiatives across Canada emphasize engagement with Aboriginal issues and perspectives across grade levels and subject areas. This major public policy shift is indicative of the changing character of the relationships connecting Aboriginal peoples and Canadians. In this presentation, I will show how Aboriginal-Canadian relations have typically been conceptualized according to geographies of citizenship that organize people in troubling ways. These geographies of citizenship are predicated on colonial frontier logics and promote certain curricular sensibilities. I will present Aboriginal place-stories as examples of organic curriculum that have the potential to inspire decolonized curricular topographies and promote an active reimagining of Aboriginal-Canadian relations.
Dwayne Donald (Apiyomaahka) was born and raised in Edmonton and is from the Papaschase Cree. He is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.