We were extremely fortunate to have internationally acclaimed Indigenous scholar Dr. Marie Battiste present a STARS event in November 2009 called Anti-Racism Education and Decolonization. An important part of Dr. Battiste's work has focused on decolonization, the learning spirit, and how Indigenous Knowledge and Elders' teachings can guide us to remember our purpose within colonized, racialized territories. The following Youtube videos of Dr. Battiste were posted by the Different Knowings speakers series held at McMaster University:
The Learning Spirit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOxIfB7KLxQ
Knowledge as a key site for decolonization: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Evxpt0u4tOU&feature=related
Why Indigenous Humanities? Who gets to be human? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTkyiBWHquU&feature=related
For more information about Dr. Battiste's work visit: http://www.usask.ca/education/profiles/battiste/
- Student Teachers Anti-Racism Society
- University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
- The Student Teachers Anti-Racism Society (STARS) promotes anti-racism education at the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan through the support of the College. We work collaboratively to understand, identify, and address individual and systemic racism and its interlocking forms of oppression based on gender, sexuality, ability, class, religion and other socially constructed categories. We believe that anti-racist and decolonizing education, when woven together, can create humanizing and emancipatory change for everyone.