I developed an Indigenous Graphic Novels, Storytelling and Visual Representations in the Curriculum graduate course in Simon Fraser University’s Equity Studies in Education program. Indigenous graphic novels combine text and visual art and provide a platform to document experiences while envisioning future Indigenous identities. In recent years, the number of Indigenous graphic novels written by Indigenous authors has grown rapidly as way to speak back to settler colonial misrepresentations of Indigenous identities, issues and cultures, leading some scholars to refer to this literary style as being a vehicle for Indigenous self-determination and sovereignty (Sinclair, 2013). For educators who are interested in utilizing Indigenous graphic novels in the classroom, this literary genre can provide useful tools to foster complex and structural understandings of settler colonialism, power, racism, decolonization, and Indigeneity while simultaneously building students’ critical thinking and interpretive skills. Key goals of the course are to: investigate the connections between Indigenous storytelling/oral traditions and graphic novels as a medium for Indigenous knowledge transmission and pedagogy.
The student exemplars that you see on this page are from one of the assignments in the course. For this assignment students were invited to create their own graphic based story journal to trace their learning process related to themes throughout the course. I continue to be so impressed with creativity and critical understandings that students bring forward in relation to: the strength and resilience of Indigenous women, self-determination, sovereignty, Indigenous language revitalization, decolonization, and racism. I look forward to teaching the course again at UBC in the Society Culture and Politics of Education Program in 2021!
Coast Salish Give Away
The Land Based Coast Salish Resource Give Away was developed by Carolyn Roberts, O. Winslow Edwards and myself at a recent province wide provincial development day with B.C. K-12 educators and university faculty on exemplary Coast Salish land based practices in teacher and K-12 education.
Storywork Give Away
This give away was originally developed by Dr. Jeannie Kerr and I for our students in teacher education classes at UBC many years ago. The instructions for engaging this document back then and now, is that this giveaway is meant to be thoughtfully shared for educational purposes with fully crediting the authors. This giveaway is free to share for non-commercial educational purposes in whole (not in part) as it acknowledges our teachers and includes the artwork of Marissa Nahanee which may not be used outside of this giveaway. This giveaway is derived from the generous mentorship and teachings of Dr. Jo-ann Archibald in Indigenous Storywork (2008), and our personal and professional experience working in Indigenous organizations and diverse educational contexts. It is also based on our understanding of the First Nations Educational Steering Committee’s (2012) “In Our Own Words: Bringing Authentic First Peoples Content to the K-3 Classroom”; as well as our collaborations and on-going discussions with each other. This giveaway is intended to provide a beginning pathway in incorporating Indigenous stories and resources into your classroom.