The GMCTE is actively involved in supporting a variety of faculty and curriculum development initiatives related to Indigenous education. We have two people in our Centre, Jeff Baker (full-time) and Tereigh Ewert-Bauer (part-time) dedicated to supporting this important institutional priority area.
The GMCTE is working with the Colleges of Education, Nursing and Medicine on a professional development series on topics related to Indigenous education that is open to faculty and staff from all departments and units at the University of Saskatchewan. The series is entitled wāskamisiwin, which is Plains Cree for "the act of becoming more aware."
The GMCTE is supporting the Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning-directed initiative to develop online and face-to-face modules related to treaty education and other priority areas related to Indigenous education that will introduce faculty and staff across campus to important information related to Aboriginal history, culture and contemporary issues.
We have also partnered with the College of Education on a PCIP funded project to initiate an intensive, experiential faculty and staff development program. This program aims to raise awareness of Aboriginal history, culture and contemporary issues. The program will also explore issues related to Aboriginal learners and learning, and ways to Indigenize curricula through the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing. This initiative, which is starting with faculty and staff in the College of Education, will expand to include other Colleges across the campus in the coming years.