Third Circle (page 3A): Ways of Knowing

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    Why

     

    Indigenous people have a right to identify and know their ways of knowing. We need to create space to honour these ways of knowing and form relations. From an Indigenous perspective, teaching and life-long learning is a holistic process. This requires a comprehension that in the Indigenous worldview, mind, body, and spirit are all addressed in the learning process. Incorporating traditional knowledge and ways of learning are essential in this process. This includes the inclusion of community resources and the infusion of Indigenous perspectives. This recognises that Indigenous knowledge and Western knowledge are both of equal value.

     

    How

     

    We learn from our students in reciprocal relations. Land, place, language, community, and culture are all touchstones for a respectful foundation for way of knowing. The powerful connection to land and seasonal rounds form the foundations of our educational systems and ways of knowing.

    Teaching, assessment, and evaluation of both process and product are key understandings.