Bringing an Indigenous sensibility into the classroom

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Margaret Kovach, PhD
Associate Professor,
Educational Foundations/Educational Administration
College of Education,
University of Saskatchewan

This workshop will explore what it means to apply an Indigenous sensibility to classroom instruction. Indigenous sensibility involves an understanding of Indigenous knowledges and contexts; comfort with the concept and practice of relationality; and a decolonizing perspective. Strategies for bringing relationality into the classroom include dialogue, circle, performativity, and story. This workshop will centre on these aspects of instruction that nurtures an Indigenous sensibility.

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Margaret Kovach (Sakewew pîsim iskwew) is of Plains Cree and Saulteaux ancestry and a member of Pasqua First Nation located in southern Saskatchewan.  She is currently an Associate Professor at the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan. She received her PhD from the University of Victoria in 2007.  Dr. Kovach's work focuses on Indigenous research methodologies and Indigenous post-secondary education. Dr. Kovach's publications have had a significant impact in her field.  Of note, book, Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts, published through the University of Toronto Press and won the Scholarly Writing Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards in 2010. It has been widely used as a research text locally, nationally, and internationally.

Dr. Kovach is often invited to give presentations on Indigenous Knowledges as it applies to academic research and instruction. She has been a Summer Noted Scholar in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (2013); a Visiting Scholar at the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Nutrition at James Cook University in Australia (2013); a Visiting Scholar at the College of Indigenous Studies, National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan (2013), and a Visiting Research Scholar at the Faculty of Education and Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Initiative at Western University (2012).  She has co-authored a SSHRC funded report Indigenous Presence: Experiencing and Envisioning Indigenous Knowledges within Selected Post-secondary Sites of Education and Social Work (2015) with a western Canadian team of researchers. Most recently she was the planning co-chair of the 2015 University of Saskatchewan hosted National forum “Building Reconciliation: Universities answering the TRC’s calls to action.  




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