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Introduction to Decolonizing and Indigenizing Curriculum

With Shawna Duncan, Cree Nation, CTE Educational Developer, Indigenous Pedagogies

Decolonizing and Indigenizing Curriculum Intro Course will provide the participant with the basic principles required for decolonizing and Indigenizing curriculum. Throughout the six-week course the participant will apply their new skills to their curriculum’s content, the student’s learning experience and the approach to teaching.

You are expected to have a basic understanding of the History between Indigenous peoples and the colonial state of Canada. Review the suggested (but not required) resources for preparation.


  1. First Peoples Principles of Learning
  2. 4 R’s Kirkness, V. J. and R. Barnhardt (1991)
  3. Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit Paperback (2008) [ pages 7-11] – You will need to purchase the rest of the book if you would like to read it.
  4. Forts, Curriculum, and Indigenous Métissage: Imagining Decolonization of Aboriginal-Canadian Relations in Educational Contexts
  5. The Truth About Stories, Thomas King Lecture 1
  6. The Truth About Stories – Lecture 2
  7. The Truth About Stories – Lecture 3
  8. The Truth About Stories – Lecture 4
  9. The Truth About Stories – Lecture 5
  10. Peter Cole
  11. Trauma Informed Practice
  12. Trauma Informed Practice in Post Secondary
  13. Look to the Mountain: An Ecology of Indigenous Education ( requires purchasing)

Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.


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