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Building Bridges - Our Youth, the Future “Voices of Unity”

Mel Sysing
Dustin Kasun

This project seeks to support, sustain and investigate ideas of anti-racist/anti-oppressive education to build upon and strengthen the depth of their understanding and continue the work of “I am the Bridge”. Moreover, this project seeks to connect, strengthen and educate both students and staff concerning settler/colonial education…reconciliation.  

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Smooth Transitions: Integrating a High School and Pre-Service Teacher Education Program

Twyla Salm
Lisa Williams
Jennifer Minter

Many teacher education programs have initiated anti-oppressive courses and supported paradigmatic shifts intended to transform teacher education program to focus on social justice issues, yet early childhood teacher education programs continue to be populated with white, middle-class, almost entirely female students. The purpose of this research is to develop a deeper understanding of the challenges…

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Parent and Caregiver Voices: Exploring the Experiences of Parents and Caregivers Regarding the Education of Their Child

Krista McMillian

Inclusion has been a controversial topic in education for many years. Historically, students with exceptionalities have been segregated into separate schools or programs. In recent decades there has been a movement to inclusive settings. However, many school divisions continue to have congregated programs or schools which often take the child away from their neighborhood schools….

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Language Loss: A Deformity in Education

Belinda Daniels

This is an investigation of how the learning and teaching practices of Indigenous ways of knowing and being, through informal learning on the land during summer camps, can inform mainstream education. The language camp is a playground of learning, speaking , knowing and doing which honours the spirit, body, mind and emotion of those who…

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The Journey to Reclamation Through Oral Tradition

Dianne Peekeekoot
Charlotte Campbell
Shaun Sasakamoose
Loretta Ballantyne
Irene Dumais

This project follows up on a completed project and examines the impact on students of incorporating Elders into grades 7-9 Cree classes.  The Elders will share stories in Cree to support both language and cultural fluency.  Including Elders in the classroom will allow students to interact with both their peers and adults in traditional ways…

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Catholic Schools Teachers Enacting Papal Encyclical Laudato si’ (Praise Be To You-On Care For Our Common Home)

Mel Sysing
Dustin Kasun
Dr. Richard Manning
Dr. Brad Harasymchuk

This project draws on both Indigenous knowledge and Catholic doctrine to disrupt settler/colonialist education. The project draws on anti-racist and anti-oppressive education to strengthen understandings of critical pedagogy and provide opportunities for social justice-based action research.

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High School Teachers Working Towards Reconciliation: Examining the Teaching and Learning of Residential Schools

Dr. Tana Mitchell
Dr. Jennifer Tupper

Responding to the Call for Action in the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) report, this project will explore how teachers integrate and teach about residential schools, how students make sense of themselves as Canadians as they learn about the history and legacy of residential schools and how classrooms can become a space for reconciliation.

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Identifying Consistent Social Supports That Would Benefit FNIM Adult Learners at Royal West Campus

Kimberley MacLeod
Deidra Evans
Cody Dill

The focus of this research was to learn from First Nations, Métis and Inuit students attending an alternative adult learning program about their experiences with both supportive and non-supportive teaching environments. The students described the importance of community or a sense of belonging, cultural teachings within the school, relationships with teachers or the school community…

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Creating Opportunities for Using Family Funds of Knowledge to Support Literacy Skills

Callie Lewry
Sharla Currie

The overall purpose of the research is to explore ways to engage families in using and sharing their family funds of knowledge to increase literacy skills in early childhood. A community kitchen approach is used in a community school experiencing limited parental involvement to draw families together to learn from and support each other and…

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Exploring Student’s relationships to treaty through the Treaty4Project

Naomi Sara Fortier-Frecon
Leia Laing

Treaty 4: The next generation project (also known as Treaty4Project) is an educative project that allows students to explore the idea of treaty citizenship in order to understand the role of their generation in Treaty 4 territory (Saskatchewan) today and in the future.  The project brought together an Elder, a Cree/Metis artist, university professors, activists,…

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