When: April 30 - May 2, 2018
Where: Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University, North Bay Ontario, and Nbisiing Secondary School, Nipissing First Nation, Ontario
“Maamwistoong neniizh akiin” | Bridging Two Worlds: Perspectives of Indigenous and Non‑Indigenous Pedagogies
The Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University, in partnership with Nipissing First Nation, wish to invite you to the 6th Annual Canadian Symposium on Indigenous Teacher Education from April 30 to May 2, 2018.
- April 30 (evening) | Welcome and Keynote address followed by reception
- May 1 – 2 | Research presentations, traditional teachings and small group discussions
Our conference theme is “Maamwistoong neniizh akiin”, an Anishnaabemwin phrase that translates to “…when we bring two worlds together”. In this new era of reconciliation, Indigenous and non-indigenous educators are asked to engage in Indigenous cultures, knowledge and histories in respectful and culturally appropriate ways. For some, this could be described as “two-eyed seeing”, a phrase used to describe how people bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of knowing together, “…to use all our understandings so that we can leave the world a better place and not compromise the opportunities for our youth” (Bartlett, Marshall, Marshall, & Iwama, 2012). In many instances, educators enter pedagogical transitional spaces to explore how traditional understandings connect and relate to western pedagogies. These ‘ethical spaces of engagement’, as Willie Ermine (2008) describes them, are opportunities for individuals to respectfully reflect on these transitions, finding pathways of exploration to personally and professionally connect diverse knowledges and practice.