Indigenous pedagogy values a person’s ability to learn independently by observing and listening and encourages experiential learning.
Indigenous epistemology is found in philosophies, histories, stories, and ceremonies as ways of knowing.
Indigenous pedagogy is found in talking/sharing circles, dialogues, participant observations, experiential learning, modeling, meditation, prayer, ceremony, or story telling as ways of knowing and learning.
Aboriginal people are generally diverse learners and need a variety of teaching techniques/styles.
“ The pedagogical challenge of Canadian education is not just reducing the distance between Eurocentric thinking and Aboriginal ways of knowing but engaging decolonized minds and hearts”. Battiste, M. (2002). Indigenous Knowledge and Pedagogy in First Nations Education A Literature Review with Recommendations. Ottawa, ON: Assembly of First Nations.
- Use a variety of methods where possible – group work, projects, guest speakers (Elders if possible/applicable), engage in discussion even when using lecture style, use narrative or storytelling where possible/appropriate and examples to illustrate what you are trying to teach students.