Frankly Teaching: Race, Racism, Discrimination & Decolonial Pedagogy As If It Matters from a Teaching and Learning Stance

Monday, August 30, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon
New SFU faculty members are invited to attend this event in person at the Halpern Centre, Burnaby campus. Other members of the SFU academic community are invited to participate via Zoom.

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Discrimination is not new and is not unique to Canada. It is a universal phenomenon. The interlocking systems of oppression and discrimination are embedded in our structures, policies, politics and social interaction. We are all impacted. Acknowledging that any form of discrimination hurts is our first step. Acknowledging that different forms of discrimination have social, political, economic and personal consequences is crucial for a frank discussion of race and various intersectionalities, such as gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, age, language, etc.

Having a frank and open discussion is not easy but is necessary if we are to tackle issues around discrimination and social justice from a decolonial perspective. This workshop is a continuation of a discussion that has already begun at SFU’s Centre for Educational Excellence. The goal of the workshop is to revisit the discussions on systemic racism, anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Black racism and decolonizing tools of education. The aim is to come up with strategies on how to engage our students in decolonizing pedagogies using Indigenous ways of knowing. Employing decolonizing tools such as storytelling and proverbs, the participants will participate in teaching and learning from a decolonial stance.

Additional information

We will tackle questions such as:

  • How do we engage with these topics from a place of sincerity, openness and honesty?
  • How can we make use of Indigenous ways of teaching and learning to decolonize our minds, body and spirit?
  • Employing racial justice frameworks, we’ll be asking ourselves: How do we engage with the issues of inequity, inequality, injustice in the place we are in?
  • What do we bring from our past (Indigeneity) to enable us to understand our present and plan for our future (to decolonize)?
  • How do we plan to move forward on our campus return and beyond?
  • How do we evaluate our progress?
  • What obstacles do we face and how do we handle them?
  • How do we ensure the leadership of our institutions is supportive of and committed with us?

Dr. Wané’s suggested readings for participants to further engage with decolonial pedagogies:

Decolonial Pedagogy:

  • Chapter by Ardavan Eizadirad: The University as a Neoliberal & Colonizing Institute
  • Chapter by Glenn Adams, T. Kurtis, L. Gomez, L. Molina and I. Dobles: Decolonizing Knowledge in Hegemonic Psychological Science
  • Chapter by Kimberly Todd & Valerie Robert: Reviving The Spirit by Making the Case for Decolonial Curricula

From My Mother’s Back:

  • Chapter on world views

CEE recommends and supports acquiring these and other materials through Iron Dog Books—an Indigenous-owned bookshop and book truck dedicated to bringing low-cost reading to Səl̓ilwətaɁɬ, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territories (Metro Vancouver).

About the speaker

Njoki Wane, PhD, is a professor at the University of Toronto. She is currently serving as chair in the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). An accomplished educator and educational leader, Professor Wane headed the Office of Teaching Support at OISE from 2009 to 2012, establishing its priorities and activities while recognizing equity as a central dimension of good teaching. From 2011 to 2014, Professor Wane served as special advisor on status of women issues, contributing to research and policy development concerning the intersectionality of gender with race, disability, sexual orientation and aboriginal status, and the impact of these issues on the lived experiences of women faculty, staff and students at the University of Toronto. She also served as director, Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS), at OISE from 2006 to 2014. Professor Wane has also received many awards as a teacher and is a recognized scholar in the areas of Black feminisms in Canada and Africa, African indigenous knowledges, anti-colonial and decolonizing education and African women and spirituality.


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