Teaching to the Place

Reinhabitation was happening with the mentoring going on between the elders and the youth. The elders are teaching the youth about culture, and the importance of the land and animals. Going on journeys down the river as a group allowed them all to learn about their history, and the land through experience. The word reinhabitation to me sounds like it derives from “reinhabit”, which to me is when someone goes back to a place they were living at, or being at previously. I like the verbage of the word reinhabitation. It makes the process of learning sound like they are going back home, or how it used to be.

Decolonization is happening when the radio programs took up the work of the youth and broadcasted it. They people in the area are being made aware of what potentially could be taken away from the community by allowing the land to be used and disturbed for money and resources. They are reminded through the education of the youth what is important to their culture.

In my own classroom, I think it would be really interesting to find out what used to be on the land where the school was located before it became colonized. It will be a great exercise to draw the students back to the truth of what happened in the area, and how there may have been loss to people living on the land. There are many directions and subject areas this could be taken up in! Another cool project would be allowing the students to choose their own land that they identify with (ie. a family farm, the playground, their backyard, their favourite hangout etc.) and do some investigation in the community or with family. This could also be taken up as an interdisciplinary project!



3 thoughts on “Teaching to the Place

  1. shelbyvandewoestyne says:

    Great post! I really enjoyed the idea of creating a project for students to do in relation to their own personal community or family. This too will help the students to make a personal connection, which will have a lasting impression so that in the future they will also be able to pass down along this knowledge.


  2. taylercowen says:

    Kim, great post! You have some great ideas, I really enjoyed your idea of finding out what happened on the land where the school lies before the land was colonized. Thanks for sharing that great idea, I will have to remember that for my own teaching.


  3. jocelynsmart says:

    Hey Kim,
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post. I found how you broke down the definitions of the terms rehabitation and decolonization very easy to understand. Also, your ideas of engaging students through research projects for places that they already know is a great starting place for connecting the history of the land to the curriculum. Awesome ideas!


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