Indigenous Land-based Writing and Pedagogy Guide for Students and Instructors

Lead

  • Kerrie Charnley, Assistant Professor of Teaching, English and Cultural Studies

Other Applicants

  • Jordan Stouck, Associate Dean, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Tania Willard, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies: Visual Arts

Summary

The Indigenous academic writing guide for students and instructors will serve as a key resource for those learning how to write in a culturally relevant way within university contexts such as the on-line classroom, the in-person classroom, and the land-based classroom, or a blend of classrooms. Particularly unique. transformative key areas are discussions, examples of Land-based and blended learning approaches and contexts, their possibility in remote contexts. Running through the guide will be explanations, definitions, and suggestions for instructors regarding what is Indigenous pedagogy and how to bring Indigenous pedagogies into courses.

It would fill a gap in that such a resource does not exist. It would complement Younging’s Elements of Indigenous Style (2018). Links include the few writing webpages in existence on Indigenous academic writing for students (Ryerson University, Royal Roads University). It will be in demand locally, nationally and internationally given the gap in the area.

It will be of special interest to university instructors looking to meet the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action regarding education in Canada. Instructors are bringing content into their courses on the historical and contemporary experiences/perspectives of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. However, there is a huge gap of understanding about what is meant by Indigenous pedagogies.

It supports 2040 goals and UBC O’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation through transformative steps such as hiring Indigenous faculty/students/community, and implementing land-based learning.

It meets requirements of new B.A. for Indigenous content into UBCO infrastructure. The guide will be widely used within this context.