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Building knowledge: how Indigenous ways of being and knowing can help to humanize the profession of Speech-Language Pathology.

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  • Driving away from the early-learning
    site where I work as a Speech-
    Language Pathologist (SLP), a gleaming
    light catches my eye. Behind the preschool,
    a single building glows against
    the darkening sky; the new school in
    mid-construction. It’s as though the
    setting sun lingers intentionally,
    highlighting the school’s significance.
    Or perhaps the intent is to make it
    grow faster; time is running out.
    Languages are dying, and with them,
    unique ways of solving world
    problems. But on this remote Alberta
    reserve, hope grows; brick-by-brick,
    this strong community is working
    together to do more than build a
    school, within it they plan to revitalize
    their language, reclaim their culture,
    and re-define their children’s futures.
    On behalf of the many SLP’s who now
    find themselves on similar landscapes, I
    must work too, on how we can help
    instead of harm. Patiently, my teachers

    • children, families, colleagues - help me to think in new ways, to respect others and to create relationally ethical spaces. They re-mind me of the human aspects of my work. “Slow down,” they urge me, “watch, wait”. My eyes shift forward to the long road ahead, open now to a new way for SLP’s, bright with possibility. Hiy Hiy.

  • Date created
    2020-01-01
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  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/r3-v08j-cb83
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    Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International