Learning From Place

Learning through place happens through reinhabitation and decolonization. This paper “Learning from Place” by Restoule et al talks about a project done by first nations peoples who examined the environmental land changes that happened from resource extraction as well as the rivers and water sources. Elders and the youth shared what they had learned and the connections that they have had with the land itself.

            Reinhabitation: This is seen in the article since youth are going into nature and learning about the way the land looks now and what it used to look like from there elders. This shows that the youth will be able to carry on the story of the land and that the connection will not be lost. The reinhaibtation that happened in this project brought generations together as a reclamation of the Mushkegowuk culture.  This helped the youth connect with nature which is an important experience for all young people to have as it is linked to help with all aspects of development. This exercise also taught them more about their cultural identity and gave the land and rivers a new story to live on.  

            Decolonization: in the article is said to be that, “an act of resistance must not be limited to rejecting and transforming dominate ideas” (pg. 74). Along with this in order to decolonize traditions must be renew and recovered. Through decolonization this project happened and it got the youth of this background to look at what the land meant to them. As a result of this project the experiences passed on by the elders will live on in the youth.

            I think these ideas are important to think about as a teacher because in order for the students you are teaching to take in past knowledge it is very important that they learn and get to experience it themselves. I would try and incorporate ideas into my class like having elders come in and speak and by going on trips around the town to museums and old buildings to let the experts do the teaching.



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