Teacher education has not formerly included foundations that allow for and enable positive relationships with Indigenous students, families, and communities.
We need to discuss means to build and support healthy relationships with Indigenous students and Indigenous communities.
Communities are hubs for resources and each has what is needed to support the development of positive relationships. Relationships are the foundations of Indigenous pedagogies.
Each member of all communities has a role to play. It is important to view relationships through the lens of various levels: teacher-student; classroom, families, school, and community.
It is important to recognize that jurisdiction over education resides at the community level for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit communities. For Indigenous students, residence does not determine jurisdiction.
There is great diversity of Indigenous peoples and this means we need to understand both our collective histories and histories that are unique to each group and community.