About this Course
Intended for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners, this course will explore indigenous ways of knowing and how they can benefit all students. Topics include historical, social, and political issues in Aboriginal education; terminology; cultural, spiritual and philosophical themes in Aboriginal worldviews; and how Aboriginal worldviews can inform professional programs and practices, including but not limited to the field of education.
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Approx. 14 hours to complete

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Globe

100% online course

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Clock

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
20 minutes to complete

Welcome and Orientation to the Course

Information about the course...
Reading
2 readings
Reading2 readings
Course Information and Logistics10m
About Us10m
Clock
3 hours to complete

Aboriginal Worldviews

The description goes here...
Reading
13 videos (Total 76 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video13 videos
1.2 Medicine wheel as organizing principle (4:33)4m
1.3 Defining worldviews and education (4:47)4m
1.4 Canadians don't know much about Aboriginal people4m
1.5.1 Reasons why Aboriginal worldviews matter [part 1] (10:26)10m
1.5.2 Reasons why Aboriginal worldviews matter [part 2] (7:34)7m
1.6 Aboriginal people are diverse but share two things (3.28)3m
1.7 Comparing the worldviews (0:51)0m
1.8 Barbecue Area (2:28)2m
1.9.1 Accurate terminology [part 1] (15:41)15m
1.9.2 Accurate terminology [part 2] (10:42)10m
1.9.3 Accurate terminology [part 3] (4:16)4m
Week 2 Activity: Meaningful Place (2:02)2m
Reading1 readings
Links to Further Resources10m

2

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Aboriginal Worldviews Colliding with Newcomers

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Reading
24 videos (Total 165 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video24 videos
2.1.2: Stereotyping [Part 2] (13.29)13m
2.1.3: Stereotyping [Part 3] (8:23)8m
2.1.4: Stereotyping [Part 4] (16:12)16m
2.1.5: Stereotyping [Part 5] (13:45)13m
2.2: Wab Kinew on the soapbox (0:30) + (1:45)0m
2.3: The relationship develops (16:21)16m
2.4: A walk through history (0:36) + (2:00)0m
2.5: Using RCAP wheel to look at relationship (8:06)8m
2.6: Indigenous knowledge [Part 1] (0:58)0m
2.6: Indigenous knowledge [Part 2] (2:30)2m
2.6: Indigenous knowledge [Part 3] (6:17)6m
2.6: Indigenous knowledge [Part 4] (4:43)4m
2.6: Indigenous knowledge [Part 5] (4:34)4m
2.6: Indigenous knowledge [Part 6] (8:41)8m
2.6: Indigenous knowledge [Part 7] (2:05)2m
2.6: Indigenous knowledge [Part 8] (3:25)3m
2.6: Indigenous knowledge [Part 9] (4:11)4m
2.7: Wampum (1:22)1m
2.8: Interview with Angela Mashford-Pringle [Part 1] (10:18)10m
2.8: Interview with Angela Mashford-Pringle [Part 2] (12:02)12m
2.8: Interview with Angela Mashford-Pringle [Part 3] (13:40)13m
Lecture: 2.9 Rethinking the relationship (1:40) + (13:55)1m
Week 3 Activity: Loss Thought Piece6m
Reading1 readings
Links to Further Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz #1 (Week 3): Aboriginal Worldviews and Education40m

3

Section
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2 hours to complete

A Brief History of Aboriginal Education

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Reading
11 videos (Total 96 min), 1 reading
Video11 videos
3.2 Ab ed through the wheel Pre-contact [Part 1] (13:11)13m
3.2 Ab ed through the wheel Pre-contact [Part 2] (15:26)15m
3.3 Ab ed through the wheel early contact (5:08)5m
3.4 Ab ed through the wheel Colonial period [Part 1] (15:58)15m
3.4 Ab ed through the wheel Colonial period [Part 2] (12:26)12m
3.5 Residential schools (0:52)0m
3.6 Interview with Suzanne Stewart on Intergenerational Trauma [Part 1] (10:38)10m
3.6 Interview with Suzanne Stewart on Intergenerational Trauma [Part 2] (9:42)9m
3.7 The Apology and Analysis - Laura McKinley Interview (7:11)7m
Week 4 Activity: Aboriginal Apology (1:48)1m
Reading1 readings
Links to Further Resources10m

4

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Contemporary Themes in Aboriginal Education

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Reading
9 videos (Total 45 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
4.1 Ab ed through the wheel Contemporary [Part 2] (10:00)10m
4.2: Culturally responsive education (1:28)1m
4.3: Aboriginal knowledge for all (1:37 + 3:44 + 16.37)1m
4.4 Assessing Resources (4:16)4m
4.5 Cultural Appropriation (4:40)4m
4.6 Renewing the relationship: Idle No More (3:31 + 19:13)3m
4.7 Course closing6m
4.8 Course Closing: Words of Elders1m
Reading1 readings
Links to Further Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz #2: Week 5 Quiz40m

5

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

8th Fire: Aboriginal Peoples, Canada & the Way Forward

This television series aired on Canada's CBC in 2013. Short clips used in the course created a demand from students for more and to see the clips in their original context. We received permission to show the series here....
Reading
4 videos (Total 173 min)
Video4 videos
8th Fire episode 2. It's time43m
8th Fire episode 3. Whose land is it anyway?43m
8th Fire episode 4. At the Crossroads43m

6

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Extras

These are additional materials that may be of interest. None of this material counts towards your final grade. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 86 min)
Video7 videos
TA Feedback 1 - Introductions4m
TA Feedback 24m
Jean-Paul Screenside Chat for Week Two22m
Jean-Paul Screenside Chat for Week Two - Course design questions16m
Jean-Paul Screenside Chat for Week Three [part 1]9m
Jean-Paul Screenside Chat for Week Three [part 2]10m
4.8
Briefcase

83%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

Top Reviews

By ASDec 3rd 2017

I appreciated the course because of its rather specific worldview. A very interesting introduction to another way of thinking, and seeing historical facts from a quite different perspective.

By CHJun 20th 2017

The course material is useful, indepth and eye-opening. A great course explaining various views. I have a much better understanding of the culture and challenges.

Instructor

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Jean-Paul Restoule

Associate Professor

About University of Toronto

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