"The strawberry teaches forgiveness and peace. The strawberry is shaped like a heart, and strawberries are know to our people as heart berries."
-Elder Lillian Pitawanakwat
Ally is a verb, not a noun
Being an ally requires action on your part and it is an ongoing endeavour. Only those from the equity-deserving group gets to determine what an ally is to them; however, engaging with the Indigenous Education department is a positive first step that will help in supporting Niagara College’s Indigenous students.
In this book, author Pamela Rose Toulouse provides current information, personal insights, authentic resources, interactive strategies and lesson plans that support Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners in the classroom. This book is for all teachers that are looking for ways to respectfully infuse residential school history, treaty education, Indigenous contributions, First Nations/Métis/Inuit perspectives and sacred circle teachings into their subjects and courses. The author presents a culturally relevant and holistic approach that facilitates relationship building and promotes ways to engage in reconciliation activities.
In an educational milieu in which standards and accountability hold sway, schools can become places of stress, marginalization, and isolation instead of learning communities that nurture a sense of meaning and purpose. In Ensouling Our Schools, author Jennifer Katz weaves together methods of creating schools that engender mental, spiritual, and emotional health while developing intellectual thought and critical analysis. Kevin Lamoureux contributes his expertise regarding Indigenous approaches to mental and spiritual health that benefit all students and address the TRC Calls to Action.