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British Columbia’s education curriculum is undergoing significant change. One of its challenges is a requirement for teachers to infuse Indigenous knowledge and practices into all curriculum subjects.
To support teachers in this endeavour, SFU’s Faculty of Education is introducing Indigenous Education: Education for Reconciliation, a unique, two-year, part-time, Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education(GDE).
“Education for reconciliation is about intercultural learning, and transforming the systemic contexts in which we raise young people,” says education professor Vicki Kelly. “And it’s about finding ways to respond to the call to attend to Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations, and what it means to live on this land together.”
She and GDE coordinator Paula Rosehart have spent the past year conceiving and preparing a pathway for the program that incorporates both Indigenous and Western knowledge and perspectives in a complementary way. A significant—and unique— aspect of the program is that it has been developed in partnership and collaboration with members of the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and the North Vancouver School District.
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