Centre for Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning
Centre for Teaching and Learning

Talls trees surrounding a natural trailMonthly Brown Bag Conversations: Discussing Decolonization Series

Facilitated by Lindsay Brant and Robin Attas, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to monthly brown bag lunches to discuss the implications of decolonization for teaching and learning. Facilitators from the CTL will guide discussion, but all participants will contribute to the direction of each meeting and the direction of the program as a whole.

Yakwanastahentéha / Aankenjigemi / Extending the Rafters 2020: Queen’s University Truth and Reconciliation Task Force Update
Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00pm, Microsoft Teams

Join Kanonhsyonne Jan Hill from the Office of Indigenous Initiatives to hear about progress on Queen’s’ commitments to truth and reconciliation, and places where more work is needed.

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Disruptive Interviews: Exploring disciplinary barriers to decolonization and Indigenization
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00pm, Microsoft Teams

Robin Attas (CTL) will share general experiences from the first round of a current research study, the “disruptive interview,” where instructors have an opportunity to explore barriers to decolonization in their own disciplines and deepen their understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing through a medicine walk. Actively recruiting participants for spring 2021!

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Elders-in-Residence at Queen’s
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00pm, Microsoft Teams

Several Elders in Residence from across campus will share thoughts and experiences about how they’ve supported teaching and learning in their time at Queen’s, as well as exploring gaps and opportunities that the campus community should be aware of as they continue along the paths of decolonization and Indigenization.

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Sharing Strategies: FREN 239 with Isabelle St-Amand (Languages Literatures and Cultures) and Bobbie Osborne (Arts and Science Online)
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00pm, Microsoft Teams

Isabelle St-Amand, Assistant Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Bobbie Osborne, Instructional Designer in Arts and Science Online, share their experiences developing and delivering FREN 239: Indigenous Arts and Cultures, part of the Certificate in French for Professionals.

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What does land-based learning feel like?
Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00pm, Microsoft Teams

Explore elements of one of the most common Indigenous pedagogies, land-based learning, and then share your experiences with a broader community. Participants will be asked to complete a pre-session activity that involves going outside themselves and doing some self-reflection on the experience, and then in our time together we’ll talk about what we learned and the implications it has for teaching and learning.

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As a result of participating in this series, individuals will:

  • recognize and question their own knowledge and assumptions around decolonization
  • apply colleagues’ ideas on decolonization to their own teaching practice
  • actively participate in the decolonization of academia generally and Queen’s specifically