Indigenizing Teacher Education – Supported by Graphic Recording

The Council of Ministers of Education Canada, Elders and students, gathered on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations in July 2018 for an important symposium about Indigenizing Teacher Education.

Sam from Drawing Change was there to provide graphic recording throughout the event. His role was to witness, listen deeply, and draw the presentations and sharing that unfolded over the two days together. Graphic recording is a way of reflecting back the shared wisdom in the room in a vibrant, and creative way. It also honours visual learners and storytelling – and arts-based ways of being together in dialogue.
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With so many amazing presentations and insights, it’s impossible to pick just one thing to highlight – but this quote from part of the opening remarks by Honourable Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and training, Province of British Columbia and Chair of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada says so much:

“We all have a gift. And as educators, it is our duty, it is our obligation, to find the gift of our young ones.”

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The key findings and recommendations, along with beautiful photography of the event and the actionable items that align with the Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation, are now available in this report: CMEC Symposium on Indigenizing Teacher Education Summary Report. You’ll also find more visuals and graphic recordings. 

The CMEC writes,

“Overall, the aim of the event was to identify and highlight the importance of, and ways to create, learning environments that reflect and respect Indigenous ways of knowing and being, by:

  • exploring innovative work in teaching language, culture, and identity;
  • examining Indigenous holistic perspectives on student well-being, including mental health and wellness;
  • incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing into the curriculum; and
  • creating productive partnerships.”

May this work lead us to a re-Indigenizing of teacher education everywhere. Report link: CMEC Symposium on Indigenizing Teacher Education Summary Report