Reflecting on “Learning from Place: A Return to Traditional Mushkegowek Ways of Knowing”

In the article” Learning from Place: A Return to Traditional Mushkegowak Ways of Knowing” it records the research project on the Mushkegowek community’s progress in decolonization. The Mushkegowek resist the effects of colonization by re-establishing their Indigenous identity by connecting with their traditional territory and building intergenerational relationships within their community. One of the ways the Mushkegowek cultivated their Indengious identity was by launching a 10-day river trip where elders would share their relationship with the land as a people and how to take care of the land to the youth. Another way that that the Mushkegowek reasserted their Indeingious identity by reclaiming land and remaining the lands in the Inninowuk language. The Mushkegowek are decolonizing their land by cultivating the Indigenous identity by connecting with their traditional land.

As a future teacher, I hope to support Indigenous students with their Indigenous identity  by encouraging them to learn about their own traditional territory and instill in them a sense of responsibility for taking care of the land that their ancestors had lived off of. To non-Indigenous students, I hope to also instill a sense of responsibility for taking care of the land and appreciation and understanding of the Indigenous people and their connection to the land.

 

 

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