Petra Menz Attempts to Indigenize Her Math Course

October 17, 2019

Can it be done? Petra Menz, a senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematics attempts to indigenize her course.

 

“Math is math. What’s there to indigenize?” 

Petra Menz, a senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, admits that this was her first thought when she read the calls to indigenize and decolonize curriculum and teaching in the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council’s 2017 report, Walk This Path With Us.

Now, two years later, Menz regularly uses Métis weaving, Coast Salish artwork, Ojibwe poetry reading and talking stick ceremonies to guide her students through everything from numeration systems to transformation geometry in her MATH 190: Principles of Mathematics for Elementary Teachers course.

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