Episode 1 – Futures of Indigenous Education: Living in Right Relations
About this episode
In this episode, Dr Jan Hare, a proud Anishinaabe scholar and educator from the M’Chigeeng First Nation, makes a case for a rights-based approach to Indigenous education. She explains what it is, what it would look like, and why educators and education institutions must think about adopting it or an approach like it to successfully promote and uphold Indigenous peoples’ rights in education.
Extract from the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning.
- Indigenous individuals, particularly children, have the right to all levels and forms of education of the State without discrimination.
- States shall, in conjunction with indigenous peoples, take effective measures, in order for indigenous individuals, particularly children, including those living outside their communities, to have access, when possible, to an education in their own culture and provided in their own language.
This episode comes at a time when education institutions and initial teacher education courses around the world are rapidly evolving to acknowledge and incorporate contested topics like decolonisation, reconciliation, and indigenisation alongside discussions of multiculturalism, culturally responsive pedagogy, equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
About Dr Jan Hare
Dr Jan Hare is an Anishinaabe-kwe scholar and educator from the M’Chigeeng First Nation, located in northern Ontario, Canada. She is Professor and Dean pro tem in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia.
In addition, she holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Indigenous Pedagogy. Her research is concerned with transforming educational institutions from early childhood, K-12 schooling through to post-secondary education by centering Indigenous knowledges and pedagogies in teaching and learning.
This work has led to the development of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education, which has been taken by over 70,000 people worldwide. Her current research explores the instructional practices of post-secondary educators incorporating Indigenous knowledges and perspectives in to higher education classrooms through collaborative inquiry. In addition, she is engaged in theorizing Indigenous-led teacher education through programs narrating their own story bundles.
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