Teaching Resources

Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change

Building Connections Series

The Building Connections: Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change series spotlights the efforts of Indigenous communities to collect, preserve, control and mobilize their oral and written histories. It also identifies best practices of both Indigenous and settler K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions for incorporating these histories into their history education programs without recolonizing Indigenous peoples and their meanings.

The series is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies and the Faculties of Education and of Arts at the University of Ottawa. It is organized in collaboration with the History in Canada: First Peoples’ Perspectives project initiated by the Cégep de l’Outaouais, Indigenous Affairs and the Kitigan Zibi First Nation Cultural Education Centre.

Click below to view the series. Turn on “Show Transcript” in Youtube to display English and French transcripts for each presentation. To learn more about the speakers, please click here.

In this presentation, University of Alberta doctoral candidate Dale Saddleback discussed themes of loss, learning from mistakes and mutual respect.

In this conversation, professors Alan Corbierenorth, Brenda Macdougall and Pierrot Ross-Tremblay explored themes of cultural appropriation and recolonization in educational contexts.

In this conversation, founder and director of Museu da Pessoa, Karen Worcmannorth discussed Social Memory Technology, the concept of the ‘right of memory’ and the production of history.

This event focused on ‘Yarning' and Professor Stuart Barlo, Dean of the Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples at Southern Cross University, explained and elaborated the connections between the Yarning Method of communication and Indigenous knowledges.

Durant cette conversation, les conférenciers ont illustré la méthode de la technologie de mémoire sociale en présentant des études de cas portant sur un musée brésilien.

Au cours de cette conversation, les conférencières et conférenciers ont présenté la vision et les objectifs du projet de collaboration 'Histoire au Canada : Perspectives des Premiers Peuples'.

In this conversation, Margaretta James provided direct observations and experiences of language revitalization, cultural preservation, spirituality, sciences in relationship to the land of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht peoples.

In this presentation, Cheryl Recollet and Nicky Recollet demonstrated how the Robinson Huron Waawiindamaagewin have adopted critical cartography to re-visualize ancient maps and historical research.

Dans cette présentation, Christian Coocoo, David Gascon et Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert ont parlé de la création du curriculum d’univers social atikamekw de niveau primaire et secondaire : le programme Kiskinohamasowin Atisokana. L’objectif de ces cours est d’offrir aux jeunes atikamekw une occasion de mieux connaitre les réalités de leur nation et celles d'autres peuples.

In this conversation, Corinne Chappel and Stephen Augustine described their diverse efforts at returning Indigenous l'nu knowledge to l'nu youth on their territories in Mi'kma'ki and Omeasoo Wahpasiw described her experiences in order to develop appropriate land relationships amongst all Canadians as relevant to the public school system.

In this Bronfman Lecture keynote address and launch event for the 'Building Connections: Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change' conference series, Professor Shawn Wilson discussed how we can use a principled approach to developing healthier relations. He explained how to apply these principles when working with Indigenous Knowledge.

In this conversation, Deborah Rose Lunny, Kim Tekakwitha Martin and Miah Otter introduced IDN’s methodology and Action Plan “Taking action on systemic racism in college education in Quebec: An Indigenous focus”.