On its website the Justice Institute recommends the following 10 ways to indigenize the curriculum:

  1. Acknowledge the local First Nations traditional territory
  2. Use experiential, and lifelong learning approaches
  3. Work with Elders and infuse culture into curriculum
  4. Visit Indigenous communities for field trips, events, and feasts
  5. Use the oral tradition, telling stories, with guest speakers such as Elders and community leaders
  6. Incorporate talking circles to facilitate communication (circle methodology)
  7. Understand Indigenous worldview and respect for Indigenous spiri- tual practices
  8. Use Indigenous authored texts, articles and books
  9. Hire Indigenous instructors
  10. Use Indigenous film

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Bob Joseph, Gwawaenuk Nation and corporate trainer offers 15 tips and strategies for teachers and school districts:

  1. Establish a relationship between the Indigenous community(ies) and the school so that they learn from each other.
  2. Ensure all teachers have a thorough understanding of the residential school system and an understanding of the impact of colonialism.
  3. Ensure all teachers have read the Executive Summary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.       
  4. Include an acknowledgement of the First Nation territory on which the school is located, in the language of the territory over the front door of      the school; if the school sits on overlapping territories, include both languages.
  5. Include Elders and community leaders in teaching the students how to say the welcome in the language.
  6. Invite an Elder to provide a prayer or song at all school assemblies: Ensure all staff and students are instructed on Elder protocol
  7. Create school policy that advocates for and supports inclusion of Indigenous students.
  8. Ensure the library has a broad range of relevant Indigenous books and resources: The resources should reflect the realities and culture of the Indigenous students; Resources should not perpetuate stereotypes or freeze Indigenous Peoples and their culture as being part of “history”.
  9. Understand that many Indigenous students face racism on a daily basis.
  10. Develop zero tolerance policies on racism.
  11. Engage the students at a physical, emotional/mental, intellectual and spiritual level by using a variety of teaching methods.
  12. Create an environment that is safe for Indigenous students – safe enough for them to share if they have been the target of racism in the school      or if troubles at home are impacting their studies.
  13. Create an environment that is safe for Indigenous students to feel comfortable and proud to share information about their culture and history.
  14. Create an environment where humour and ‘group talk’ is encouraged, respected and accepted.
  15. Understand that sometimes family or community issues will take precedence over attending school.

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