Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies

Indigenous Education

The application deadline for this program has been extended to May 15, 2024.

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The GCES - Indigenous Education offers professional learning for in-service teachers supporting their growth as more effective teachers of First Nations, Métis and Inuit ways of being, knowing and doing. The program addresses subjects of particular interest and need in deepening understanding of and ability to engage with mandatory foundational Indigenous knowledge as per TQS # 5: Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit. Courses run in the summer term (in-person, on-campus) as part of the Summer Institute in Teaching Foundational Indigenous Knowledge.


Not just a class... an experience

Courses in the GCES Indigenous Education are presented as part of the Summer Institute in Teaching Foundational Indigenous Knowledge. Two of the courses in 2023 took place at kihcihkaw askî-Sacred Land.

Program Goals

The following program goals are specific to Indigenous Education:

  • Deepen understanding of Indigenous foundational knowledge and knowing, and how we might express our understandings of those in institutional settings.
  • Deepen understanding of the potential of Indigenous knowledges, relational pedagogies, and autobiographical narrative inquiry for transforming understandings of literacy and how it is that we inspire and nurture literacy learners in our classrooms.
  • Support the holistic development and resilience of Indigenous students, and understand how reflecting on systemic racism, unconscious bias, and the social determinants of health can aid in establishing and maintaining inclusive, equitable, and strengths-based learning environments that uplift Indigenous students.
  • Reflect on their personal journey of reconciliation with Land and consider classroom applications and relationships with Indigenous families and communities.

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