Fatty Legs: Teachers Helping Students Explore FNMI Perspectives in Literature

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    LaFramboise Helgeson, Shelby L
  • Abstract This study examined three teachers’ experiences with infusing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) literature and content into the curriculum using the memoir Fatty Legs (Jordan-Fenton & Pokiak-Fenton, 2010). Participants were recruited indirectly from an overarching research project. Informed by qualitative methodology, the data included interviews. This autobiographical account reveals how teachers negotiate curriculum planning and implementation in support of social justice initiatives. These teachers explored Olemaun’s Canadian residential school experience, which helped their students to link topics beyond the historical text to their own contemporary lived realities. Major findings include the use of a critical literacy framework in the learning environment, students’ sense of awareness, forms of oppression and marginalization, and how youth can create change in their world. These teachers demonstrated how to construct curriculum with a creative and artistic vision. This study raises concerns about the supports teachers need to infuse FNMI literature into the curriculum. Implications are raised for teachers, administrators, and teacher education.

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    Master of Education
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