A new program with an unlikely genesis saw Indigenous UAlberta students serve as paid interns on environmental research projects this past summer. The goal of the I-STEAM Pathways program, conceived by an Education professor, is to facilitate First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth exploring potential career pathways while undertaking interdisciplinary research in fields such as biology, technology, environmental engineering, policy, and law.
A trip above the Arctic circle in Scandinavia showed a University of Alberta student that Indigenous people in distant countries have a lot in common and can support each other in preserving their culture and traditions. Kaitlyn Walcheske says she’s drawing on her first international travel experience to find ways to support Indigenous students at home and to help amplify their voices—with the help of a grant from the Peter Lougheed Leadership College (PLLC).
When local Cree and Métis artist Aaron Paquette was a young, rebellious teenager in Edmonton, he learned the impact words can have on someone.
“Your words create worlds,” said Paquette, 42, as he recounted how he started to believe a then-abusive family member when they would tell a teenaged Aaron, “You’ll never be anything”. Later in life, Paquette learned that this family member was so horrifically abused as a child that they had never learned to read.
The Mobilizing Indigenous Epistemologies: Re-visioning Reconciliation conference was hosted by the Indigenous Peoples Education (IPE) specialization in the Department of Educational Policy Studies from March 25-27, 2015.
By Rochelle Starr
Across much of Canada, school boards are beginning to incorporate Indigenous perspectives in their curricula – but it’s proving to be a big challenge in science, where Western and Indigenous perspectives can bump up against each other.