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GPTK767 - Practical Strategies on Decolonizing Your Curriculum and Pedagogical Practices

The aim of this workshop is to deepen faculty’s knowledge and understanding about what decolonizing the curriculum means and provide concrete strategies on ways to decolonize your curriculum and pedagogical practices in meaningful and respectful ways. The presenters will discuss and share their processes and application of decolonizing a course syllabus in the engineering field.

Learning Objectives


Participants will deepen their knowledge and understanding about practical ways to decolonize their curriculum and pedagogical practices by examining a concrete example of a course syllabus in the engineering field that integrated Indigenous content and perspectives throughout the course.

Leaders Information


This workshop is led by Donna Kahérakwas Goodleaf.

Donna Kahérakwas Goodleaf is Turtle Clan and is a citizen from the Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) Nation, Kahnawake Territory, which is part of the Rotinonhsión:ni Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. She is a Kanien’kehá:ka educator and scholar who joined Concordia university in January of 2018 and is the Director Decolonizing Curriculum and Pedagogy . Her primary role is to develop university-wide training for Concordia faculty on decolonizing and Indigenizing their curriculum programs of study in ways that re-center the advancement and integration of Indigenous peoples’ diverse humanities - intellectual, scientific and cultural knowledge systems, worldviews, epistemologies, histories, research and pedagogies across all academic units. She also serves on the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group.

Her faculty teaching and Indigenous-centered curriculum design experiences in various academic programs in the Humanities span across Canada and the United States. In addition, Donna has vast experiences working in Indigenous communities on a local, national and international level in the areas of Indigenous-centered education, language and cultural revitalization programs. Her current research interests are in decolonization and advancing Indigenous Humanities, Indigenous –centered-education, protection and promotion of Indigenous language and cultural rights, Indigenous land rights and rights to self-determination and Human Rights.

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.
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