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‘Reconciliation is Dead’: Unist’ot’en Camp, Land Back and How the Movements can Inform Settler Responsibilities and Indigenous-Settler Relationships Going ForwardDownload
This capstone research paper discusses the contemporary ‘Reconciliation is Dead’ movement, which appears to have gained traction during the 2020 raids at the Unist’ot’en Camp on unceded Wet’suwet’en lands in what is now known as Canada. I argue that the colonial government continues to utilize...
The primary research question for this thesis was: How have we, as colonizers, been impacted by settler colonialism? Questions that followed were: how have settler Canadians experienced historical and intergenerational trauma, in what ways have settlers experienced losses, and how do settlers...
Decolonizing Suburban Research1 Rob Shields, Human Geography EAS and Sociology, University of Alberta. North American Suburbs have been treated as sites of a collective amnesia concerning previous patterns of occupation and occupants. As ‘Greenfield sites’ they often either lack history or local...
Digging Up the Roots of Educational Policy: Curriculum Infusion and Aboriginal Student Identity DevelopmentDownload
Since 2002, Alberta teachers have been required to infuse Aboriginal perspectives into the K-12 curriculum across all subject areas in order to positively impact Aboriginal children’s identity development. There are several assumptions inherent in the policy of infusion that this study uncovers...
Navigating the Tensions: Decolonizing Work with the Parents in a Rural Alberta School: An Autoethnographic AccountDownload
In the fall of 2016 I began working at a small elementary school in rural Alberta. As both the principal and a teacher in the school, I set about making changes designed to meet the Calls to Action of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission while also opening up our classrooms to Indigenous...
Overall, the research aimed to situate urban Indigenous perspectives and experiences within the field of community engagement and inform the practice of urban Indigenous community engagement. The research is focused on understanding the ways that urban Indigenous people in Edmonton are involved...
Uprooting and Re-Routing a Settled Sense of Place: Reading Settler Literary Cartographies of Northwestern British ColumbiaDownload
The places of northwestern British Columbia, and the Indigenous and settler peoples who find work, build homes, establish communities, and sustain culture in these places, are often perceived as peripheral or overlooked, existing on the edge or outside of the notice, care, and understanding of...