Pathfinders: Realizing Reconciliation Through Lessons Learned

  • Yvonne Poitras Pratt Werklund School of Education Director, Indigenous Education
  • Patricia Danyluk Werklund School of Education Director of Field Experience Community Based B.Ed.
  • Sarah Beech Werklund School of Education Graduate Student
  • Sarah Charlebois Werklund School of Education Graduate Student
  • Clancy Evans Werklund School of Education Graduate Student
  • Alyssa Fehr Werklund School of Education Graduate Student
  • Amanda Nielsen Werklund School of Education Graduate Student
  • Angela Sanregret Werklund School of Education Graduate Student
Keywords: Reconciliation, Indigenous Education, Graduate Students, Service-Learning, SoTL

Abstract

In 2016, a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars came together to imagine a better world through a bold approach to education at the Werklund School of Education. This imagining took the form of a newly designed graduate pathway program which focused on meaningfully and actively responding to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) (2015) 94 Calls to Action. Central to the design of our program is the inclusion of a capstone service-learning project that asks graduate students to bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups in designing and delivering projects of mutual benefit. In sharing insights from their respective learning journeys, our students reveal the complexities and challenges of reconciliatory work but also its many rewards. Further, in sharing these courageous acts, we hope to inspire others to take action.

Author Biography

Alyssa Fehr, Werklund School of Education Graduate Student

Werklund School of Education

Graduate Students

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Published
2019-04-04
Section
Conference Theme: Students as Innovators