Decolonizing BC History Education

This workshop seeks to: 
- model and explain some appropriate protocols when teaching Indigenous history (land acknowledgements, oral footnoting, witnessing)
- provide a brief history of Indigenous sovereignty and settler colonial land acquisition in BC
- explore how that history is still present today, and why that is important for educators to know
- invite participants to brainstorm how to respond to difficult moments in the classroom
- provide space for teachers to share with each other and build support networks among themselves
- discuss examples of existing resources on Indigenous histories and reconciliation
- offer participants a hand out with resources for further exploration

Target Audience

All Grades with a Secondary Focus


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Room 221

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  • Maddie Knickerbocker

    Maddie Knickerbocker is a lecturer in First Nations Studies at SFU. She been doing community-engaged archival and oral history work with Stó:lō nations since 2010, and she draws on this work as in the classroom in an effort to decolonize mainstream approaches to thinking about Indigenous history in BC. 

  • Nancy Knickerbocker

    Nancy Knickerbocker is the Director, Communications and Campaigns, at BCTF. In that capacity, she has been involved in supporting the work of the Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee, and has worked in collaboration to create resources for teachers on Indigenous and reconciliation-focused topics.