Sntrusntm i7 captikwlh: Unravel the Story, the Okanagan Way

  • Karen Ragoonaden University of British Columbia Okanagan
  • Sabre Cherkowski University of British Columbia Okanagan
  • Maxine Baptiste University of British Columbia Okanagan
  • Blane Després University of British Columbia Okanagan

Abstract

This study raises the question of how the Canadian educational system can avoid promoting cultural or ideological racism in a student population that is increasingly Indigenous and immigrant. It responds to this question by pointing to the need to expand knowledge systems in teacher education programs, presenting a multi-thematic discussion that explores how contemporary ways of teaching and learning can be transformed into a diverse, sustainable, and global curriculum. The focus of the article is on school culture, specifically the Aboriginal way of knowing about language-learning, creating multicultural teachers, leadership for a culture of inclusion and diversity, and the idea of resistance to change.

Author Biographies

Karen Ragoonaden, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Karen Ragoonaden is an assistant professor. She has lived, studied, and worked in Canada, Europe, and Africa. Her research interests lie in the area of second-language acquisition, French as a second language, communicative experiential approaches to language-learning, integrating technology into the classroom, and culture and diversity in education.
Sabre Cherkowski, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Sabre Cherkowski is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education. Her current research interests include educational leadership, mentoring and coaching for educational leaders, and learning communities for school improvement.
Maxine Baptiste, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Maxine Baptiste is an assistant professor.
Blane Després, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Blane Després’ research interests cover systemic thinking interdisciplinary applications, alternative education, leadership, tech ed, and philosophy.