S’TENISTOLW: Moving Indigenous Education Forward
Edited By: Todd Ormiston, Jacquie Green, & Kelly Aguirre
S’TENISTOLW is a SENĆOŦEN term referencing the concept of ‘moving forward’. This book highlights both the doing and being of Indigenous education. Authors share their knowledge on the themes of the most recent S’TENISTOLW conference: Land-Based Learning; Supporting Learners; Indigenization; and Strengthening Alliances. Keynote addresses by renowned Indigenous scholars Gregory Cajete, Graham Hingangaroa Smith, Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Kathy Absolon are intertwined throughout the book.
Date: March 2020
Table of Contents
Elders/Old Ones May and Skip Sam
About the Logo
Table of Contents
The Story of S’TENISTOLW “To Walk or Move Forward”
Todd Ormiston, Janice Simcoe, and Kelly Aguirre
PART I: INDIGENOUS PEDAGOGIES
LAND and COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATION
Bringing into the Sunlight After a Great Eclipse: Indigenous Pathway to Knowledge and Community
QĆÁSET Culture Camp: Developing Pathways to Strengthen Spiritual Renewal within Post Secondary Educational Institutions
Naadli (Todd Ormiston) with Mookaasige (Richard Spearman)
SḰÁLs TŦE TEṈEW TŦE SḰÁȽTE (Our Language is the Voice of the Land): Land and Language-Based Learning and Teaching
Nicholas XEMŦOLTW Claxton and STOLȻEȽ John Elliott Sr.
SUPPORTING LEARNER ENGAGEMENT
Critical Indigenous Pedagogies that Support Being and Doing Indigeneity
Linda Tuhiwai Smith
Noosa – A Haisla Paradigm of Sacred Storying Practices for (Re)Searching Teachings shared by glasttowk askq Ray Green and bakk jus moojillth,
Mary Green and written by Kundoqk, Jacquie Green
Approaching a Turn: Indigenous Access, Equity, and Belonging in Post- Secondary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Spaces
Sandy Marie Bonny
PART 2: RELATIONALITY AND LIVING OUR COLLECTIVE VALUES
Being and Doing: Teachings of the Land
The Practice of Goodness: An Ethical Approach to Indigenization Vancouver Island University
Being Human: Indigenization in Practice
Dianne Biin and Janice Simcoe
Transforming Practice from Discourse to Enactment: Show Me the Blisters on Your Hands.
Graham Hingangaroa Smith
The Community is Our Classroom: A Story of Nurses Living and Learning with First Nations
Evelyn Voyageur and Joanna Fraser
Walking Together: Indigenous and Black Perspectives on Decolonizing Education
V.C. Rhonda Hackett, Amoaba Gooden, Billie Allan, and Devi Mucina
Closing Plenary Panel
Elder, Alex Nelson
Contributing Authors / Editors
List of Figures
Todd Ormiston, Jacquie Green, & Kelly Aguirre
Naadli (Todd) Ormiston EdD, is Northern Tutchone/ Tlingit from Yukon and Alaska. He has worked for the past 18 years at Camosun College and is currently the Chair of Indigenous Education and Community Connections. He sees learning as “a lifelong process whereby instructors have an important role to play in ensuring that teaching is not only an obligation but also a form of liberation.” Naadli’s doctoral dissertation was an examination of Indigenous leadership pedagogies in higher education where he conducted a case study through the University of Victoria.
Kundoqk (Jacquie Green) PhD, is from the Haisla Nation, northwestern Canada. She is the Director in the School of Social Work at the University of Victoria. Her scholarship is embedded in Indigenous and Anti Oppressive knowledge and philosophies, thus looking at histories, identities, place and language through storytelling. Her pedagogy includes methods to center marginalized groups, peoples and communities and is inclusive of Indigenous livelihoods. She focuses her research, writing and teaching to Include critical theories to inform Indigenous and social justice epistemologies, pedagogies and philosophies.
Kelly Aguirre PhD, is Nahua mestiza born in Mexico City Tenochtitlán and raised in Treaty 1 Anishnaabe, Cree and Métis homelands, Winnipeg MB. She holds an MA in Politics from the University of Manitoba and is a recent PhD graduate in Political Science at the University of Victoria. Her work is located at the intersections of political theory scholarship, methodological ethics and storytelling principles. Kelly was the Coordinator of the 2017 S’TENISTOLW Conference and is currently a sessional instructor in Indigenous Studies at Camosun College and Political Science at the University of Victoria.
This book is like a visit home, to talk with the wisest people you know on your reserve or in your neighbourhood. There is an intimacy in how each author shares their own stories of hope, insight and resilience. You will be nourished, strengthened, and inspired. You may be even gently chastised as you read about how Indigenous ways of learning are gaining ground in the educational settings around us. If you enjoy such visits you will treasure this book.
John Borrows, PhDCanada Research Chair in Indigenous Law
University of Victoria
S’TENISTOLW is a wonderful feast of stories, experiences, teachings, and approaches of educational and community leaders involved in Indigenous post-secondary education. Practitioners-scholars-leaders receive gifts of hope, inspiration, and transforming potential to live Indigenous education in good ways through innovative Indigenous pedagogies, relational theories, authentic community and land-based programs, and critical engagement.
Jo-Ann Archibald, PhDProfessor of Educational Studies
University of British Columbia
I can’t wait to share this book! It offers timely and pivotal insights from leading theorists and practitioners about the transformational project of “Indigenizing” the academy and other institutions. I’m sure it will serve educators, students and community members alike as we think through complex questions of transformative, Indigenous knowledge production and education.
Kim Anderson, PhDCanada Research Chair in Indigenous Relationships
University of Guelph