Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing are key components of transformation and system change.
Indigenous learning in simplest terms is “the study of Indigenous history, culture and values and strives to increase awareness/appreciation of the life experience of Indigenous Peoples with a view to creating an environment of understanding and trust amongst all Peoples.”1.
Indigenous knowledge can be described in this way: “Indigenous ways of knowing (or Indigenous epistemology) are deeply linked to both Indigenous pedagogy and Indigenous research methods (Wilson (Cree), 2008). [..] Indigenous knowledges are diverse learning processes that come from living intimately with the land, working with resources surrounding that land base, and the relationships that it has fostered over time and place” (Dr. Marie Battiste (Mi’kmaw) 2013, p. 33)”2
The inclusion of Indigenous learning and knowledge is integral to the projects of the Oyateki Partnership. For example, the Building Intercultural Resilience Mentorship (BIRM) project, a program that pairs post-secondary students with high school students for the school year, includes “culture and Indigenous Ways of Knowing through events and educational experiences.” The description goes on to say: “Support and love are part of the programming delivered by the individuals organizing the project. Not only are the students participating in BIRM seeing Indigenous leaders in the project, but also exposed to elders, knowledge keepers, and community members mentoring and caring for them through engagement and education.”4
To learn more on Indigenous ways and including them withinteaching, learning, working and living, visit the resources below. Check backfrom time to time as more examples are added.