Awareness of Canada’s systemic oppression of Indigenous Peoples has led teacher education programs across the country to include mandatory courses with Indigenous content. But educational practices continue to be dominated by a colonial worldview that blocks opportunities to learn “from” Indigenous peoples instead of “about” them. Reimagining teacher education requires to learn to relate not only to knowledge differently, but also to people and other living beings differently.
Dr. Dwayne Donald, Canada Research Chair in Reimagining Teacher Education With Indigenous Wisdom Traditions, is working to facilitate this transformational shift. He and his research team are attending to the experiences of educators and conceptualizing a teaching model for unlearning colonialism. They are also creating research hubs that will bring diverse groups of people together and identifying innovative, research-informed teaching practices that reimagine teacher education with Indigenous wisdom traditions.