Conference Description

wâhkôhtowin: Indigenizing Practice, Linking Kindred Spirits

September 18, 19, & 20, 2014 

wâhkôhtowin 2014 posterLocation: University of Saskatchewan
Type of Conference: Teaching and Research
Primary Audience: Faculty, sessionals, graduate students
Conference registration: 150 delegates

wâhkôhtowin, in its most literal understanding, means “knowing how you are related to all of creation.” This understanding extends to the lands, waters, animals and all of creation. This means to know who your keepers are, your clans systems, kinship terms, and to know your ancestors as well as your lands.

The College of Education and The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness invite local, provincial, and national scholars, students, and members of the Aboriginal community to raise important themes and directions for Aboriginal education in a post-secondary environment.  

Theme: Bringing together “kindred spirits” to unpack decolonization and kindle Indigenization processes and methods to transform educational practices.

The themes invite scholars and educators to share how Indigenous ways of knowing and being are transferred and transmitted in a contemporary setting by employing methods such as:

  • Indigenous theory, theorizing and applications to disciplinary knowledges
  • Decolonizing and anti-oppressive practices, content, and curriculum for all students
  • Storytelling, Indigenous knowledge protocols and working with Elders, knowledge keepers and its significance to Treaty and Indigenous Sovereignty.
  • Examining land, language and culture with land-based knowledge
  • Bringing Indigenous knowledge into the classroom through animating indigenous content, humour, practice, and courses in post-secondary teaching
  • Ethics, Research, and Protocols and Research Ethics in Indigenizing Practice

 Subthemes:

  • Indigenous methodologies in research practices
  • Aboriginal Teacher Education Programs (ATEPs)
  • Shifting identities in classrooms by employing Indigenous content, knowledges, worldviews, and practices
  • Use of technology in an Indigenized classroom and post-secondary environment