Spotlight on SoTL: Working together: Gaining a deeper understanding of truth and reconciliation in teaching
In recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30), this month’s Spotlight on SoTL shares resources based on academic writings and scholarly literature that instructors and staff may find useful to address decolonization and Indigenization in their teaching at McMaster University.
The reason behind orange shirts
Many people wear orange shirts on Sept 30, but not everyone knows why we do this. Carolyn Ali from the University of British Columbia shares this brief article on 3 things you might not know about Orange Shirt Day.
Learn more about Indigenous history in Canada
Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta that explores the different histories and contemporary perspectives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores complex experiences Indigenous peoples face today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.
Consider the local context with respect to Decolonization and Indigenization
The MacPherson Institute has assembled a collection of resources meant to guide educators, administrators, and staff at McMaster University in learning more about what is means to “Indigenize”, or “Decolonize” their classrooms, teaching practices, and institutional decision-making. This includes resources for land acknowledgements for use in teaching contexts at McMaster; local committees, working groups and guides for Decolonization and Indigenization; and several additional resources to help guide you in your educational journey.
Not sure where to start?
A team of educators from Queen’s University has put together a list of 10 Ideas for First Steps toward decolonizing and Indigenizing. This site includes a short video on ways that you might incorporate ideas of decolonization and Indigenization into STEM courses, specifically.
Stay tuned for the next Spotlight on SoTL coming to the MacPherson Memo on October 4, 2023.Spotlight on SOTL, Updates