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Brave Work in Indigenous Education

Significant Indigenous rights and solidarity movements, and the 2015 Final Report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, ask us all to redress wrongdoings and forge ethical relations anew. While decolonizing processes in Indigenous education can be different for everyone, all journeys are important. Scholars and practitioners are negotiating difficult and contentious terrain as they seek truths and disrupt deeply entrenched colonial ideologies. These educators are leading the way in reconciliatory practices and engaging Brave Work in Indigenous Education. 

 

This edited-collection offers insights into the myriad ways both Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators are enacting Indigenous education in a variety of settings—in classrooms, on the land, in ceremony, with community, and more. The chapters are exemplars of the urgent work being done to decenter longstanding colonial narratives and to honour Indigenous Knowledges. Together, Elders, Knowledge Holders, scholars, teachers, students, community members and other change-makers are creating opportunities to share, hear, learn, and heal the legacies of intergenerational traumas through education and action. 

Jennifer MacDonald and Jennifer Markides both teach Indigenous Education in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Together, they have engaged in duo-ethnographic study—taking up conversations around truth and reconciliation and journeying together in the complexities of this work. They have published two peer-reviewed journal articles from this research (2018, 2019), and continue to bring this learning forward into their teaching, research, and daily lives.