To celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day, the dije office invited Indigenous scholars for a panel discussion about centering Indigenous epistemologies and life-worlds in the field of education.
Mno Kenomagewenin (Good Learning): Indigenous Epistemologies and Engaging In Decolonizing Work Within Colonized Spaces: A Panel Discussion
On October 12, 2020, invited the School of Education community to come together celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day by hosting a community conversation entitled “Mno Kenomagewenin (Good Learning): Indigenous Epistemologies and Engaging In Decolonizing Work Within Colonized Spaces: A Panel Discussion.” Panelists included Dr. Kyle Whyte, Professor of Environment and Sustainability and George Willis Pack Professor at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability; Dr. Katie Schultz, Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan School of Social Work; and Dr. Sandra M. Gonzales, Associate Professor of Bilingual/Bicultural Education in the Division of Teacher Education at Wayne State University.
Moderator Jared Ten Brink, a doctoral student in educational studies, led the panelists in a discussion about Indigenous scholarship and the urge of centering Indigenous epistemologies and life-worlds in the field of education. Many of the panel's questions were on how to move past land acknowledgment statements to advance and center Indigenous folx and scholarship. The panel also explored the connections between the work of anti-racism and decoloniality. It explored how educators and researchers can bring Indigenous ways of knowing into their work positively.
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