The Shared Journey of Reconciliation Through Curriculum Design (E/SI)

April 27, 2022 | 11:15 - 12:15

Location: Argyle A3
Track: Charting Teaching & Learning

The Lethbridge College Learning Experience Design (LXD) team encourages human-centred design (HCD). They empathize with diverse learners and design purpose-built and experiential learning; however, they were struggling with infusing Indigenous perspectives into curriculum. The support of the college’s Indigenous Services helped shift their practice. While HCD empathizes with the learner, it focuses heavily on a final product. As the teams built a relationship, LXD began to understand it was about the journey, not the destination. A history of negative interactions and colonization of education for Indigenous people meant a relationship of trust must be built first (Antoine, et. Al, 2018). They put aside their product mentality and focused on building space to learn by: (1) creating a community of practice; (2) inviting the Indigenous Cultural and Curriculum Advisor to co-chair curriculum committees; (3) identifying Indigenous community members to advise on curriculum. Antoine, A., Mason, R., Mason, R., Palahicky, S. & Rodriguez de France, C. (2018). Pulling Together: A Guide for Curriculum Developers. Victoria, BC: BCcampus. Retrieved from

Session Speakers

Lowell Yellowhorn

Interim Manager, Indigenous Services

Lethbridge College

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