Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

World Indigenous Lecture Series

Through the recent restrictions, we have learned that we can share our knowledge and ideas and connect with each other through virtual platforms. The World Indigenous Lecture Series brings Indigenous thinkers from around this world to you! This virtual lecture series is hosted by our Master of Education in World Indigenous Studies in Education (WISE) and our Indigenization, Inclusivity, and Equity lecture series.

Documenting Mapudungun: Reflections on fieldwork practices during a pandemic year

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

4 - 5 pmDrawing with mud by pewenche children. Photo by Pablo Fuentes.

Dr. Pablo Fuentes, Universidad Catolica de la Santisima Concepcion, Chile

Dr. Pablo Fuentes has developed a 10-hour documentation on Chedungun, a language variety of Mapudungun spoken by approximately 5,000 speakers along two river valleys in the Andean region of Alto Biobío, southcentral Chile. The collection has been made possible due to a close link with the local community, which includes native speaker and linguist Sonia Vita Manquepi. The deposit gathers audio-visual material of a typical journey through the pewenche summerlands (the Andean highlands that are occupied by the Pewenche families between the melting of snows and the arrival of winter). The project has been funded by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme.

The arrival of the pandemic has put serious challenges to this project, all of which have been dealt in a responsible and reflective way by resident and non-resident members of the documentation team. Dr. Fuentes’ talk will reflect on the lessons to be learnt from the pandemic, especially with respect to the future of language documentation and the relevance of inclusive and self-managed fieldwork practices.


Image: Drawing with mud by pewenche children. Photo by Pablo Fuentes.

Sandra RahkaSámájduhttet åhpadusáv: Indigenizing education in Sápmi/Sábme/Saepmie, Norway

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

4 - 5 pm

Sandra Nystø Ráhka, Nuortta universitiehtta/Noerthe universiteete/Nord University, Norway

How do we indigenize education? How do we ensure that students learn about indigenous languages, cultures, traditions and knowledge? And how do we ensure that indigenous students receive an education that represents their indigenous background, culture and traditions? In Norway, indigenizing education refers to both education about the Sámi and education for the Sámi. Firstly, all students are to be educated about Sámi languages, culture, societal life and history throughout primary and secondary education. The new national curriculum has a greater focus on Sámi content, and every single school subject now incorporates explicit Sámi learning outcomes. Additionally, there is a separate Sámi curriculum taught in the Sámi districts wVæsko [bags/purses], Sandra Nystø Ráhka & Avve [woven belt], Susanna Knutsenhich is commensurate and parallel to the national curriculum. This curriculum not only has a distinctive Sámi emphasis, but it is also designed to provide Sámi students with an education that is based on Sámi values, traditions, ways of teaching and knowing. These updated curricula, however, present new challenges for universities and teacher educators who are now expected to equip future teachers with a wide range of new perspectives and skills in this area. If we hope to move beyond assimilationist policies and to properly decolonize the education system in Norway, we will have to revisit and reconceptualize the way that we train our teachers. In this presentation, I will give an overview of the development of Sámi education in Norway and how Nord University aims to meet the challenges presented by these new curricula. 

Sandra Nystø Ráhka is a PhD candidate and Assistant Professor at Nord University in Bodø, Norway. She is currently undertaking a PhD on Lule Sámi second language education and she was previously in charge of the Lule Sámi section for the Lule Sámi Teacher Education Program at Nord. She is from Divtasvuodna/Tysfjord, which is the center of the Lule Sámi language region on the Norwegian side of the border.

Sámájduhttet åhpadusáv

Gåktu sámájduhttá åhpadusáv? Gåktu bærrájgæhttjá vaj oahppe sáme gielaj, kultuvra, árbbediedoj ja máhtudagáj birra oahppi? Ja gåktu bærrájgæhttjá vaj sáme oahppe oadtju åhpadimev gånnå ietjasa duogátja, kultuvra ja árbbedábe l vuodon? Vuonan sámájduhttet åhpadusáv merkaj sihke åhpadibme sámij birra ja åhpadibme sámijda. Vuostatjin, gájka studenta galggi Sáme gielaj, kultuvra, sebrudakiellema ja histåvrå birra oahppat ålles vuodoskåvllååhpadusá tjadá. Ådå nasjonálla oahppoplána stuoráp mærráj tjalmosti sáme sisanov, ja juohkka fágan li soames eksplisihtta sáme máhtudakmihto. Duodden gávnnu sierra sáme oahppopládna mij la dåjman sáme distrivtajn ja mij la dássásasj ja buohtalasj nasjonálla oahppopládnaj. Dát oahppopládna ij dåssju sierraláhkáj tjalmosta sáme ássjijt, ájnat láhtjá dilev vaj sáme oahppe oadtju åhpadimev gånnå sáme árvo, árbbedábe, åhpadim- ja máhttovuoge li guovdátjin. Da ådå oahppoplána bukti ådå hásstalusájt universitiehtajda ma vierttiji boahtteájge åhpadiddjijt gárvedit åhpadit dáj tiemáj birra. Jus galggap dárojduhttema vájkkudusájs bessat ja almmaláhkáj sámájduhttet åhpadusáv Vuonan de vierttip dárkestit gåktu åhpadip iehtjama åhpadiddjijt. Dán åvddånbuktemin gåvådav sáme åhpadusá åvddånimev Vuonan ja gåktu mij Nuortta universitiehtan duosstop dájt ådå hásstalusájt majt dá ådå oahppoplána bukti.

Sandra Nystø Ráhka l stipendiáhtta ja universitiehttalievtor Nuortta Universitiehtan Bådådjon, Vuonan. Suv dåvtårgrádaprosjækta l julevsáme nuppátgielåhpadime birra. Sån lej åvddåla åvdåsvásstediddje julevsáme fágaj åvdås julevsáme åhpadiddjeåhpadusán Nuorttan. Sån la Divtasvuonas, mij la guovdásj bájkke julevsáme guovlon Vuonabielen.


Image: Væsko [bags/purses], Sandra Nystø Ráhka & Avve [woven belt], Susanna Knutsen

Past Events

Dr. Shawn WilsonCan We Digitize Ceremony?

Monday, September 20, 2021

7 - 8 pm

Dr. Shawn Wilson, University of British Columbia, Canada 

Dr. Shawn Wilson, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, currently lives on Bundjalung land on the east coast of Australia.  He is currently an Associate Professor , Community, Culture and Global Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Science at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. He previously was the Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Knowledge at Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples at Southern Cross University and Adjunct Professor of Psychosocial Work at Østfold University College in Fredrikstad, Norway.

Would you attend an online sweat lodge?  What about an online pipe ceremony?  How about a talking circle? Hold an interview or conduct a focus group? Covid19 has pushed us all online into this digital space. We need to recognize how Internet protocols interact with and impact ceremonial protocols. Digital communication is great for transmitting content but as Indigenous Knowledge is relational, we really need to consider the process and relationships that lie beneath the online experience. If research is ceremony, what aspects of ceremony can be digitized?

Recording will be available soon

Dr Tangiwai RewiHe Whakapakari ake i te Tuakiri Maaori – Strengthening Maaori Identity through ‘Tuupuna Times’ –  Preserving the narratives of Ruuruhi (elderly women) and Koroheke (elderly men)

Thursday, February 25, 2021

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Dr. Tangiwai Rewi, University of Otago, New Zealand

The importance of knowing where you come from, who you are and where you belong is critical in developing a sense of identity in youth.  It is important to grow iwi Māori and Indigenous peoples’ capacity to record their elders’ narratives to strengthen young peoples’ identity and sense of belonging to their marae, longhouse, or land. Many whaanau (families)regret not having information about their parents' or grandparents’ stories before they pass away or succumb to dementia. Tuupuna Times is a seven-section questionnaire that has been used to teach  whaanau  how to record the narratives of their elders. This presentation explains the transformational and empowering elements of Tuupuna Times and the simplicity of how to use the questionnaire effectively.

A History of Aboriginal Art in the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Dr Vanessa RussWednesday, November 3, 2021

7 - 8pm Art: natural pigments on bark

Dr. Vanessa Russ, University of Western Australia, Australia

Dr. Russ was the first Aboriginal director of the Berndt Museum of Anthropology in its 40-year history at the University of Western Australia. Born and raised in the Kimberley Region in north-west Western Australia with family connections to Ngarinyin and Gija people. She has been investigating the role of art history, colonization, and Aboriginal art for over a decade.

Join Dr. Vanessa Russ as she previews her upcoming book, A History of Aboriginal Art in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, to be published by Routledge in 2021.  Vanessa will examine the gradual invention of Aboriginal art within the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, AU). As art history shifts through social histories of Australia and the recognition of Aboriginal people, through wars and political shifts, through international influence and pressure to diversify collections, Dr. Russ examines state art institutions in Australia and the single history of Aboriginal art from early colonization until today.

Image credit: Muŋgurrawuy Yunupiŋu. Lany'tjung- Banaidja Story,1960. Yirrkala, North-East Arnhem Land – Northern Territory – Australia. natural pigments on bark, 107.3 x 58.4cm. AGNSW. Acc. IA27.1960. © Estate of Muŋgurrawuy Yunupiŋu, courtesy Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre.  Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960.