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Land as pedagogy & environment

"Land-based education, in resurging and sustaining Indigenous life and knowledge, acts in direct contestation to settler colonialism and its drive to eliminate Indigenous life and Indigenous claims to land." (Wildcat, MacDonald, Irlbacher-Fox & Coulthard, 2014, p. 3)

Land as pedagogy - selected books & articles

Anderson, R.A. (2019). Learning the Land: Walking the talk of Indigenous Land acknowledgements. The Conversation.

Arellano, A., Friss, J., & Stuart, S.A. (2019). Pathways to reconciliation: the Kitcisakik land-based education initiative. Leisure/Loisir 43(3): 389-417.

Armstrong, J. (1998).  Land Speaking. In Ortiz, S. (Ed.), Speaking for the Generations: Native Writers on Writing (pp. 175-194). Tucson: University of Arizona Press. (print book)

Bartmes, N. & Shukla, S. (2020). Re-Envisioning Land-Based Pedagogies as a Transformative Third Space: Perspectives from University Academics, Students, and Indigenous Knowledge Holders from Manitoba, CanadaDiaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education 14(3): 146-161.

Briseno-Roa, J. (2023). Indigenous land-based education in Mexico: practices to perpetuate communal knowledge of territory. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. 

Corntassel, J. & Hardbarger, T. (2019). Educate to perpetrate: land-based pedagogies and community ressurgence. International Review of Education: Journal of Lifelong Learning, 65(1), 87-116.

de Finney, S., Wright Cardinal, S., Mowatt, M., CLaxton, N.X., Alphonse, D., Underwood, T., Kelly, L., & Andrew, K. (2020). ȻENTOL TŦE TEṈEW̱ (together with the land) Part 2: Indigenous Frontline Practice as ResurgenceInternational Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies 11(3): 12-33.

Drouin-Gagne, M. (2021). Beyond the "Indigenizing the Academy" trend: Learning from Indigenous higher education land-based and intercultural pedagogies to build trans-systemic education. Engaged Scholar 7(1), 45-65.

Hele, K. (2013). The nature of empires and the empires of nature: Indigenous peoples and the Great Lakes environment. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier Press.  (print book)

Henry, E. (2014). A search for decolonizing place-based pedagogies: an exploration of unheard histories in Kitsilano Vancouver, B.C. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 19: 18-30.

Jacobs, C., Donaldson, C., Ives, J.T., Keeshig, K., Day, T., & Febria, C. (2021). Weaving Indigenous and western science knowledges through a land-based field course at Bkejwanong Territory (Laurentian Great Lakes). Case Studies in the Environment 5(1). 

Johnson, J., & Ali, A.E. (2020). Paddling as resistance? Exploring an Indigenous approach to land-based education amongst Manitoba youth. Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education 14(4), 205-219. 

Kaluraq, M.K. (2020). Nunami Ilinniarniq: Inuit community control of education through land-based education. Toronto: Gordon Foundation. (ebook)

Kress, M. & Horn-Miller, K. (Eds). (2023). Land as relation: Teaching and learning through place, people and practices. Canadian Scholars Press. (ebook)

Leddy, S. & Miller, L. (2024). Teaching where you are: Weaving Indigenous and slow principles and pedagogies. University of Toronto Press. (print book)

Lowan-Trudeau, G. (2017). Protest as pedagogy: Exploring teaching and learning in Indigenous environmental movements. Journal of Environment Education, 48(2), 96-108. 

Mashford-Pringle, A., Stewart, S.L. (2019). Akiikaa (it is the land): exploring land-based experiences with university students in Ontario. Global health promotion 26(3), 64-72.

McCoy, K., Tuck, E., & McKenzie, M. (eds). (2016). Land education: rethinking pedagogies of place from indigenous, postcolonial and decolonizing perspectives. New York: Routledge. (print book)

Mowat, M., de Finney, S., Wright Cardinal, S., Mowat, G., Tenning, J., Haiyupis, P., Gilpin, E., Harris, D., MacLeod, A., & Claxton, N. X. (2020). ȻENTOL TŦE TEṈEW̱ (together with the land): Part 1: Indigenous land- and water-based pedagogiesInternational Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies 11(3): 12-33.

Root, E. (2010). This land is our land? This land is your land: the decolonizing journeys of white outdoor environmental educators. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 15, 103-119. 

Scully, A. (2012). Decolonization, reinhabitation and reconciliation: Aboriginal and place-based educationCanadian Journal of Environmental Education, 17: 148-158.

Semken, S. (2005). Sense of place and place-based introductory geoscience teaching of American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduates. Journal of Geoscience Education, 53(2), 149-157.

Simpson, L. (2017). As we have always done: Indigenous freedom through radical resistance. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. (print book)

Simpson, L. (2002). Indigenous environmental education for cultural survival. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 7(1),13-25. 

Simpson, L. B. (2014). Land as pedagogy: Nishnaabeg intelligence and rebellious transformation. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, 3(3), 1-25. 

Styres, S.D. (2017). Pathways for remember and recognizing indigenous through in education: philosophies of Iethi’nihstenha Ohwenrsia’kekha (land). In: Indigenous education : new directions in theory and practice.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (print book)

Wildcat, M., McDonald, M., Irlbacher-Fox, S., & Coulthard, G. (2014). Learning from the land: Indigenous land based pedagogy and decolonization. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, 3(4), I-XV. 

Wilson, A., Murray, J., Loutitt, A., & Scott, R.S.S. (2021). Queering Indigenous Land-based education. In Russell, J. (Ed). Queer ecopedagogies: exploring in natura, sexual, and education. Springer. (ebook chapter)

Zurba, M., Land, G., Bullock, R., & Graham, B. (2022). Exploring Indigenization and decolonization in cross-cultural education through collaborative land-based boundry education. Journal of Cultural Geography 39(1), 8-31. 

Decolonizing environmental education - selected resources

University of Toronto - OSIE. (2018). Deepening Knowledge: resources for and about Aboriginal education - Environmental Studies

Bellfy, P. (ed.) (2014). Honor the Earth: Indigenous responses to environmental degradation in the Great Lakes. Michigan: Ziibi Press. (print book)

Dhillon, J. (2022). Indigenous resurgence: decolonialization and movements for environmental justice. Berghahn Books. (ebook)

Eckert, L.E., XEMTOLW_Claxton, N., Owens, C., Johnston, A., Ban, N.C. Moola, F., & Darimont, C.T. (2020). Indigenous knowledge and federal environmental assessments in Canada: applying past lessons to the 2019 impact assessment act. FACETS.

Friedel. T.L. (2011). Looking for learning in all the wrong places: urban Native youths' cultured response to Western-oriented place-based learning. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 24(5): 531-546. 

Gilio-Whitaker, D. (2019). As long as grass grows: the Indigenous fight for environmental justice, from colonization to Standing Rock. Boston: Beacon Press.  (print book)

Gomez-Barris, M. (2017). The extractive zone: social ecologies and decolonial perspectives. Duke University Press.(print book)

Griffiths, T., & Robin, L. (eds). (1997). Ecology and empire: environmental history of settler societies. Seattle: University of Washington Press.  (print book)

Grove, R. (1995). Green imperialism: colonial expansion, tropical island Edens, and the origins of environmentalism, 1600-1860. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  (print book)

Korteweg, L., & Russell, C. (2012). Decolonizing & indigenizing = moving environmental education towards reconciliation. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education 17: 5-14.

Kulnieks, A., Roronhiakewen, D., & Longboat, K. Y. (eds). (2013). Contemporary studies in environmental and indigenous pedagogies: a curricula of stories and placeBoston: Sense Publishers. 

McLean, S. (2013). The whiteness of green: racialization and environmental education. Canadian Geographer 57(3): 354-362. 

Menzies, C. R. (ed). (2006). Traditional ecological knowledge and natural resource management. Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press. (print book)

Mihesuah, D. & Hoover, E. (eds). (2019). Indigenous food sovereignty in the United States: restoring cultural knowledge, protecting environments, and regaining health. University of Oklahoma Press. (print book)

Norgaard, K. (2019). Salmon and acorns feed our people: colonialism, nature, and social action. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. (ebook)

Nxumalo, F. (2019). Decolonizing place in early childhood education. New York: Routledge (print book)

Riley, K., McVittie, J., & Borges, M.G. (Eds). (2022). Decolonizing environmental education for different contexts and nations. New York: Peter Lang. (print book)

Root, E. (2010). This land is our land? this land is your land: the decolonizing journeys of white outdoor environmental educators. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 15: 103-119. 

Williams, L., & Claxton, N. (2017). Recultivating intergenerational resilience: possibilities for "Scaling DEEP" through disruptive pedagogies of decolonization and reconciliation. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education 22: 58-79.


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