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Building a Sustainable World through Open Education
Tuesday, October 17 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
'Maamwi': A Journey Together on Reconciliation Through Open Education

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Decolonizing the minds and hearts of educators is critical to confronting the legacy of colonialism in Canada. This is a sacred responsibility for educators engaging with students to reconcile the past. The Indigenous Peoples Education Circle (IPEC), College Libraries Ontario (CLO), and The Learning Portal have created a best practice in advancing the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This session will outline the creation and implementation of the Maamwi Hub, a repository for Ontario college students and faculty of resources, activities and assessments that is inclusive of Indigenous history, worldview and ways of knowing & being. This Indigenous-specific open learning resource is rooted in the work of Confederation College’s Negahneewin Council and informed by Indigenous Learning Outcomes that will help all the colleges on their path towards Truth and Reconciliation. The project was guided by IPEC and their Action Plan that sees a move away from a ‘deficit approach to Indigenous peoples to a reciprocal relationship that recognizes the contribution of Indigenous staff, students and communities to the College system.’

This provincial initiative, now a best practice of respectful, consultative, open, careful and gentle dialogue, will help advance Indigenous education across the system and contribute to systemic change, improving the lives of learners and communities. The presenters will outline the roots of the project, and how the successful launch of the open resource aims to achieve IPEC’s core activities of community partnerships, cultural recognition & awareness, engaging Indigenous learners, enhancing student experiences, and Indigenous employment. This initiative was also guided by College Libraries Ontario’s mandate of promoting equitable access and harnessing the power of the collective to advance the teaching, learning and research missions of the colleges.

Maamwi is contained within the College Libraries Ontario Learning Portal, an online open resource providing online access to a wide variety of open learning resources, tools and learning supports for Ontario's college students and faculty. It is available in both French and English. Most of the content can be remixed and reused under a creative commons license. The main goal of The Learning Portal is to provide equitable access to library and learning resources for our students and faculty.

Keywords: Indigenous Education, Open Learning Resource, Outreach and Advocacy, Partnership, Collaboration

Session outcomes and takeaways:
1. The importance of consultation and relationships with Indigenous community leaders;
2. How to increase your own cultural competency/humility that will further support effective engagement in collaborating with Indigenous communities;
3. The need to practice continuous learning to advance the goals of reconciliation

See the Maamwi Hub https://tlp-lpa.ca/maamwi

Presenters
avatar for Gail Strachan

Gail Strachan

Project Manager The Learning Portal, Seneca College
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Carolyn Hepburn

Sault College; Indigenous Peoples Education Circle; CICAN Canada’s National Indigenous Advisory Committee


Tuesday October 17, 2023 2:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Bear (S8/10) Edmonton Convention Centre
  Local Indigenous Cultures