OTL Virtual Book Club
2022 Office of Teaching and Learning Book Club
Book Selection: Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit (2013, Marie Battiste)
As instructors begin a path towards Indigenizing and decolonizing their teaching, it can be tempting to seek out a list of teaching strategies that can be quickly and easily put into place in one’s classroom. However, as Sandra Styres (2019) describes in Pathways for Remembering and (Re)cognizing Indigenous Thought in Education: “indigenizing education is not a toolbox, a list of best practices, or a checklist of items that can be crossed off – it is an active process of engagement, activism, patience, and unwavering persistence” (p. 45).
As part of the active process of engagement, from March 2022 to July 2022, the Office of Teaching and Learning is inviting faculty and instructional staff to join us on this journey through a small, virtual book club where we will collectively read and discuss the book Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit (Battiste, 2013). The Book Club is open to current University of Guelph faculty and instructional staff (including sessionals) who are interested in actively engaging in learning about decolonizing and Indigenizing teaching and critically examining their own perspectives about colonized education systems.
The purpose of the book club is to discuss the concepts in Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit and share resources and ideas related to Indigenizing and decolonizing our teaching practices. Educational developers from the Office of Teaching and Learning will provide the ‘virtual’ space to hold the discussion for participants and facilitators will be learning together. Book club registration is limited to allow for effective discussions. Discussions will not be recorded.
This book club will be different from our previous book clubs. The first session on March 2nd is mandatory and is intended to establish our community, build relationships, and discuss our shared responsibility in this space. Upon registering you will receive initial readings that we will be discussing in the first meeting.
We ask the following of Book Club participants:
- Commit to reading Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit
- Commit to attending the scheduled meetings between March 2022 and July 2022 to respectfully learn from and with other book club participants and, in the spirit of reciprocity, share experiences, resources, and ideas.
- Consider and discuss how the concepts, ideas, and strategies discussed in Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit apply to their own discipline, courses, and teaching experiences.
- Discuss theoretical and practical ideas for decolonizing education.
- Take responsibility for specific actions to indigenize education at the University of Guelph.
Register for the Book Club
To register for the Book Club, please complete this Qualtrics form. Book Club facilitators will contact you to confirm your registration.
About Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit (2013, Marie Battiste)
"Drawing on treaties, international law, the work of other Indigenous scholars, and especially personal experiences, Marie Battiste documents the nature of Eurocentric models of education, and their devastating impacts on Indigenous knowledge. Chronicling the negative consequences of forced assimilation and the failure of current educational policies to bolster the social and economic conditions of Aboriginal populations, Battiste proposes a new model of education. She argues that the preservation of Aboriginal knowledge is an Aboriginal right and a right preserved by the many treaties with First Nations. Current educational policies must undergo substantive reform. Central to this process is the rejection of the racism inherent to colonial systems of education, and the repositioning of Indigenous humanities, sciences, and languages as vital fields of knowledge. Battiste suggests the urgency for this reform lies in the social, technological, and economic challenges facing society today, and the need for a revitalized knowledge system which incorporates both Indigenous and Eurocentric thinking. The new model she advocates is based on her experiences growing up in a Mi’kmaw community, and the decades she has spent as a teacher, activist, and university scholar." Publisher's description
If you are interested in learning a bit more about each chapter before committing, we recommend the following chapter-by-chapter review section in this resource written by Mandy Krahn (University of Alberta).
Accessing the Book
Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit is available as paperback, epub, and Kindle editions. McLaughlin Library has purchased e-copies of the book that are available to book club members. Hard copies of the book are also available from Chapters Indigo, Amazon, and some independent bookstores.
|Date||Time||Chapters to Discuss|
|March 2nd||10:30 am - 12:00 pm||Selected readings, community building|
|March 16th||10:30 am - 12:00 pm||Foreword, Chapters 1,2|
|April 13th||10:30 am - 12:00 pm||Chapter 3|
|May 18th||10:30 am - 12:00 pm||Chapter 4|
|June 8th||10:30 am - 12:00 pm||Chapters 5, 6|
|June 29th||10:30 am - 12:00 pm||Chapters 7,8,9|
|July 13th||10:30 am - 12:00 pm||Chapter 10, reflection sharing|
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