We were honoured with the presence of around 55 of our alumni, and former and current faculty and staff on the evening of October 9, 2019. Alumnus Joseph Naytowhow and Dr. Anna-Leah King offered a song to start the evening in a good way and Joseph also ended the evening with a song. Our speaker, Dr. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, inspired attendees with his experiences of teaching students outside his own culture and experiences, and linked this to the importance of engaging with the TRC’s calls to action for education. Sinclair explained that competence in a profession can only be achieved if we have been educated about the culture and people in our locations. For Saskatchewan educators it is essential to understand the cultures and experiences of Indigenous peoples in Treaty 4 and 6, especially those living under the Indian Act with its economic and other restrictions. Knowing the history and impacts of colonization is essential to becoming competent as educators. Miigwetch to Dr. Sinclair for honouring us with his knowledge.
Thanks to all who came out to the event. Looking forward to next year’s gathering.
A crowd gathered for the second annual Indigenous Research event, hosted by the Faculty of Education’s Research & Graduate Programs office and First Nations University, Thursday, September 26, as part of the University of Regina’s Indigenous Research Showcase Week. Elder and Master’s student Alma Poitrois shared about her research, taking the audience through several layers of circles, offering a deeper understanding of her Indigenous worldview and a natural curriculum.
Following a break of bannock and tea, a panel moderated by Dr. Kathleen O’Reilly discussed “What is an indigenous research methodology? and Why is it important?” To begin the panel discussion, Dr. Angelina Weenie offered naskwahamākēwin, accompanying the women with song, to honour their courage and process. Dr. Angelina Weenie, Dr. Anna-Leah King, Mary Sasakamoose, and Ida Swan shared their thoughts about indigenous research methodology and its importance from their own experiences and research. The panel discussion highlighted the importance of ceremony as part of the research, of language, of engaging with the heart, of mother, of story, and of song and drum.
Alumni, Please join us for a Faculty of Education, University of Regina Alumni Gathering
Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Innovation Place, Main Floor Rotunda
140 – 10 Research Drive, Regina, SK
Featuring internationally acclaimed author and journalist, Dr. Niigaan Sinclair
Indigenous Research in Education Hosted by the Faculty of Education and First Nations University of Canada Sept 26, 2019 6:00-8:00 PM ED 228 TPC
naskwahamākēwin: meaning to accompany by song
6:00 – Opening: Elder’s Prayer
6:15 – Master student presentation: Alma Poitras
6:30 – Book Display – Bannock and Tea
6:45 – Panel Discussion: “What is an Indigenous Research Methodology? Why is it Important?”
Featuring: Dr. Angelina Weenie, Dr. Anna-Leah King, Mary Sasakamoose, and Ida Swan