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Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

About the Course

This course will help you envision how Indigenous ways of knowing, content, perspectives, and pedagogies can be made part of classrooms, schools, and communities in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. This is an approach that more and more educators see as far more likely to ensure the success of Indigenous learners, as well as enhance the learning experiences of all students.

Choosing reconciliation as a lens for rethinking policy and learning practices acknowledges that there are contradictions in the current curriculum of schooling that impact the success of Indigenous learners. Reconciliation in this course emphasizes changing institutional structures and personal and professional ideologies to create equitable and inclusive learning environments for Indigenous learners, and where all students should have opportunities to learn from Indigenous histories, traditions, and knowledges as part of a social justice education.

Educators need to be able to respond to educational reforms that prioritize improved educational outcomes for Indigenous learners. In addition, educators must build the capacity of all learners to engage in relationships with Indigenous peoples based on intercultural understanding, empathy, and respect. To support these goals, teachers, administrators, young people, school staff, community-based organizations, and researchers will learn from Indigenous Elders, educational leaders, and culturally relevant learning resources as part of their experiences in this MOOC.

What You'll Learn

  • Explore personal and professional histories and assumptions in relation to Indigenous peoples, histories, and worldviews
  • Develop awareness and knowledge of the colonial histories and current realities of Indigenous peoples
  • Engage with Indigenous worldviews and perspectives that contextualize and support your understanding of the theory and practices of Indigenous education
  • Explore a range of educational experiences shared by educators and through teaching exemplars that support the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives and approaches to learning in schools and classrooms
  • Develop strategies to engage Indigenous families and community members in classrooms and schools
  • Engage in personal and professional discussions, online, with colleagues from a range of educational settings


Jan Hare is an Indigenous educator and scholar and is the Professor of Indigenous Education in Teacher Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She began her career as an elementary school teacher, later turning her attention to how research can inform practice in ways that are more inclusive of Indigenous ways of knowing and approaches to learning. Her research and teaching is committed to improving educational outcomes for Indigenous learners and aimed at centering Indigenous knowledge systems within educational reform from early childhood education to post-secondary.

Sara Davidson is a PhD student in the Department of Language and Literacy at the University of British Columbia. She has taught high school in the Yukon and rural British Columbia. Her research interests include adolescent literacy education, Aboriginal education, and culturally responsive teaching and research practices.


This course is offered through the University of British Columbia.

There is NO FEE for this course, but for $25 you can add a Verified Certificate. The course lasts 6 weeks.