WHAT IS INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE ANYWAY? " Indigenous knowledge is to share individual knowledge and beliefs that are passed down by generations. It is to to know the value, sacredness and interconnectedness of nature's ecosystems with everything. It is knowing that it is descriptive in belief. It is knowing that relationships with one and all are sacred. It is knowing that traditions are responsible for teaching "morals" and one's way of life".- Sacha Stevens
"Two (of many!) important things I have found: From the readings I have gathered that indigenous knowledge seems to be centered around ones relationships. All relationships -relationships to oneself, the world, spirit world and each other. The other element that I have noticed reoccur is that there is a sense of place in the history/future of things. The world needs to be preserved for future generations, tradition is inherited and must be passed down, etc..". Shannon Henry (FMNI part1 canditate).
"The Indigenous world view Society operates in a state of relatedness. Everything and everyone is related. There is real belief that people, objects and the environment are all connected. Law, kinship and spirituality reinforce this connectedness. Identity comes from connections". Mary Young (FNMI part1 candidate)
There are many supporting documents from both the ministry and educational resources. Such as: Canadian curriculum teacher helper and other such purchasable black-line masters/lesson plans that support grade specific expectations. Ministry document: Aboriginal Perspectives supports grade specific tasks that line up with every grade and which expectation best suits the teaching. Nelson Education has a series called Circle of Life that supports reading through culture. There is also the Native Reflections catalog that has many items/school supplies/cultural posters etc...
There is usually an Indigenous lead in school boards that can assist finding these documents as well. Also keep in mind that the NSL teachers can always offer ideas and help connect you with community members.
GEORGE COUCHIE'S WALKING THE PATH PROGRAM OFFERS OPPORTUNITY FOR INTEGRATION OF INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE, CULTURE AND CEREMONIES, ALL THE WHILE COVERING CURRICULUM EXPECTATIONS. (PROGRAM AVAILABLE THROUGH SCHOOL BOARD AS WELL)
Displaying something as significant as the Medicine Wheel, can be the start to sharing Indigenous Knowledge and thus creating a meaningful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, regardless if there is an Indigenous student in the classroom. We must be sensitive to the fact that many of these students either do not self identify or do not know much about the heritage and culture.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. -- Lao Tzu --