Indigenous Education Professional Learning at UBC

By November 2, 2016teachers as learners
The UBC Faculty of Education has announced three professional learning courses in Indigenous Education that will take place in 2017: 
·         Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education | Online MOOC (poster)
·         Aboriginal Education in Canada | UBC Vancouver (poster)
·         Ecology, Technology, and Indigeneity in the High Amazon | Lamas, Peru (poster)

January 24 ­ March 7 | MOOC ­ a free Massive Open Online Course

Engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work.
This course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. In this course, reconciliation emphasizes changing institutional structures, practices, and policies, as well as personal and professional ideologies to create environments that are committed to strengthening our relationships with Indigenous peoples.
For educators, this means responding to educational reforms that prioritize improved educational outcomes for Indigenous learners. In addition, educators must support all learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous people¹s worldviews and cultures as a basis for creating equitable and inclusive learning spaces. To support these goals, teachers, administrators, young people, school staff, and researchers will learn from Indigenous Elders, educational leaders, and culturally relevant learning resources as part of their experiences in this MOOC.
For others who want to build their own competence and the capacity of those around them to engage in relationships with Indigenous peoples based on intercultural understanding, empathy, and respect, this course will help get you started in this process.
This online course is delivered using the edX platform, learn about how to register here.
·       DATES:   January 24 ­ March 7, 2017
·       LOCATION:  Online (asynchronous)
·       REGISTRATION:  Register by January 23 
Visit the website for more detailed information, and program

January ­ April, 2017 | 8 evening classes + 4 online modules

The educational landscape in BC is undergoing exciting developments,
and this course responds to new curriculum developments.
In this course, educators will build their knowledge and deepen their understanding of Aboriginal/Indigenous people¹s worldviews, approaches to learning, and their histories and contemporary realities. Through the frameworks of reconciliation, decolonization, and self-determination, we will explore how Indigenous histories, perspectives, content, worldviews and pedagogies can be respectfully and meaningfully integrated in the curriculum, teaching, and programming of classrooms, schools, and community contexts.
This course responds to new curriculum development in British Columbia and Canada¹s Truth and Reconciliation Commission¹s Calls to Action (2015), whereby educators are prepared to advance Aboriginal history and worldviews in the curriculum of schools.
Delivered through blended learning, the class will meet 8 weeks face-to-face at UBC Vancouver and include four 3-hour online modules.
Registration is available for credit (3 credits, EDUC 440) or for non-credit participation to meet the needs of working professionals. We anticipate this course will fill quickly, early registration is recommended.
·       DATES:   January 3 ­ April 7, 2017
·       TIMES:  Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30pm
·       LOCATION:  UBC Vancouver + Online modules
·       REGISTRATION:  Register by November 22
Visit the website for more detailed information, and program contacts:

July 4-24, 2017 | Lamas, Peru

Join UBC at the Sachamama Center for BioCultural Regeneration in Lamas, Peru.  The Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to work collaboratively with the local Kichwa-Lamista communities in their bio-cultural regeneration with the goal of nurturing intercultural dialogue.
This six (6) credit Peru Summer Institute: Ecology, Technology & Indigeneity in the High Amazon offers an intensive three-week program of study consisting of two integrated courses: Ecology, Technology, and Indigeneity in the High Amazon, and Narrativity, Indigenous Ecoliteracies and Ecopedagogies in the High Amazon.
Through a combination of seminars at Sachamama and immersion learning in a local Kichwa-Lamista community, students will engage mind, body, heart and spirit as they experience worldviews, knowings, and community practices that value other than global capital and geopolitical systems.  
Students will reciprocate by doing hands-on service work at Sachamama and in the Kichwa-Lamista community as part of their coursework. It is anticipated that the exchanges with the Kichwa-Lamista continue beyond the Peru Summer Institute enacting sustained intercultural solidarity-building toward a more just and sustainable world.
Registration is available for credit (6 credits), therefore participants would need to be a UBC student or apply for admission in order to register. Go Global at UBC International House supports this program.
·       DATES:   July 4-24, 2017
·       LOCATION:  Lamas, Peru
·       REGISTRATION:  Register by January 19
Visit the website for more detailed information, and program

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