Presentation Title

Decolonizing Young Minds? Or Recolonizing them through ‘Big Ideas’ Presented in new Packaging: An Interrogation of Settler Colonialism Operating through BC’s New Curriculum

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented the Saturday of the conference

Presenter Information

Paige N. HauserFollow

Location

IB 1010

Start Date

30-3-2019 2:00 PM

End Date

30-3-2019 2:15 PM

Abstract

In 2016, in response to the “Calls to Action” put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the government of British Columbia proposed efforts to increase Indigenous Studies content in the public school curriculum. The re-vamped curriculum does incorporate a greater amount of content pertaining to Indigenous languages, cultures, and histories; however, an overarching theme of ‘othering’ still exists. The curriculum is broken into categories, where western ideas of knowledge are presented as ‘Big Ideas’, and Indigenous content is still being presented as subsequent activities if time permits. This presentation will interrogate the reality of settler colonialism operating in the education system by exploring the ways in which BC’s new curriculum is still being used as a dominant discursive tool to subordinate Indigenous cultures.

Department

Other

Anthropology

Faculty Advisor

Lisa Cooke

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Mar 30th, 2:00 PM Mar 30th, 2:15 PM

Decolonizing Young Minds? Or Recolonizing them through ‘Big Ideas’ Presented in new Packaging: An Interrogation of Settler Colonialism Operating through BC’s New Curriculum

IB 1010

In 2016, in response to the “Calls to Action” put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the government of British Columbia proposed efforts to increase Indigenous Studies content in the public school curriculum. The re-vamped curriculum does incorporate a greater amount of content pertaining to Indigenous languages, cultures, and histories; however, an overarching theme of ‘othering’ still exists. The curriculum is broken into categories, where western ideas of knowledge are presented as ‘Big Ideas’, and Indigenous content is still being presented as subsequent activities if time permits. This presentation will interrogate the reality of settler colonialism operating in the education system by exploring the ways in which BC’s new curriculum is still being used as a dominant discursive tool to subordinate Indigenous cultures.