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GPTK765 - Decolonizing the Academy: Implications for Concordia’s Community

This workshop will provide graduate students and faculty with an overview and context to Concordia’s responsiveness to the Truth and Reconciliation ‘s (2015) Final Report by examining key mandate areas outlined in the Indigenous Directions Leadership Council’s Action Plan that assists the Concordia University wide community in decolonizing and Indigenizing the academy. Questions to be examined include: What does decolonizing the academy mean for faculty, staff and students at Concordia?

Learning Objectives


At the end of this workshop, students will:

1) Familiarize and increase their knowledge and understanding about what decolonizing the academy means from Indigenous frameworks and its implications to Concordia’s learning communities, curriculum, teaching and learning.
2) Develop a critical analysis and discourse on terminology such as: colonization, decolonization, Indigenization, resurgence of Indigenous Humanities.

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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