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Off the Grid: Students Leading Positive, Sustainable Environmental Change

Michael Prebble

Students at Tommy Douglas Collegiate are working towards making their school a net-zero building as well as educating the youth in the community about the benefits of working with clean energy as opposed to the current non-renewable resource-based system. Our research will be focused on working with Grade 9 students from Tommy Douglas in the…

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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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Saskatchewan French Immersion School: A Case Study in Best Practice for Aboriginal Students

Michael Cottrell
Ted View
Suzanne Bronkhurst
Kelly Cardinal

Responding to the needs of Indigenous learners to ensure more equitable outcomes in the education system is a pressing issue within the province. This project is a case study exploring the success of Indigenous students at a French emersion school in the province where the majority of Indigenous students are performing at or above grade…

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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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Revitalizing Nêhiyawewin: Our Language, Stories and Perspectives

Gail Mackay
Linda Wason-Ellam
Darlene Arcand
Pamela Fosseneuve
Coreen Sakebow
Dwayne Swiftwolfe

This research project aims to explore the development of storytelling curricula grounded in Nêhiyaw language and knowledge at a school in Saskatoon. Working with visiting Elders who are story keepers, Cree immersion speakers in grades 1-3 will listen to Elder stories and participate in a number of oral language storying activities in Cree. Indigenous storytelling…

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The Muskrat/Wuchusk Project: The Practices

Renee Carriere
Bonnie Werner

This project builds on a recently completed project and continues to examine how to connect curriculum content and Ministry outcomes with Indigenous science and ways of knowing in secondary science courses.  The study integrates local community knowledge, scientific data collection and Indigenous and Western ways of knowing in ways that engage students in meaningful, outdoor…

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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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