Rad Reading: "Learning from the land: Indigenous land based pedagogy and decolonization"

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by Abaki Beck

Text: “Learning from the land: Indigenous land based pedagogy and decolonization”

Author: Matthew Wildcat, Mandee McDonald, Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox and Glen Coulthard

Quote to Highlight: “Settler-colonialism has functioned, in part, by deploying institutions of western education to undermine Indigenous intellectual development through cultural assimilation and the violent separation of Indigenous peoples from our sources of knowledge and strength – the land.”

Quick Summary: This article (which is the introduction to an issue of the open access journal Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education, and Society), discusses the role that land-based education plays in decolonization. The authors argue that because settler-colonialism attempted to violently separate Indigenous people from their land - their knowledge base - land-based education is key to decolonization efforts. It would empower Indigenous students by centering Indigenous knowledge, whereas Western education has been used for generations to oppress and erase their families and histories. This article challenges conceptions of how we educate and how we were educated - not just in regards to the topics taught, but indeed the method and sources of knowledge we draw from.

File It Under: Resistance, settler-colonialism, Indigenous identities, environmental justice, education

Type of text: Academic article, journal introduction

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