Author Archives: Jo

Yes, A Focus on Achievement Is Important

In recent years I have noticed a tendency for some educators to shy away from talking about the need to support the achievement of Indigenous learners. A group of senior leaders in a school district were discussing what they could … Continue reading

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The Power of Tension and Hope

I write the following for every Indigenous educator doing the work we do – and for anyone else for whom this resonates. On tension. I live in places of tension in the tension between the holistic and affirming educational experiences … Continue reading

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You Ask What You Can Do?

It has been a week since the media shared information from the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation, that ground-penetrating radar had confirmed 215 bodies of children buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential. I write this now in the place … Continue reading

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Becoming Anti-Racist in Canada: a Journey to Support Reconciliation

Some recent work in helping educators move into anti-racist thinking and acting in K-12 education in BC, especially with regards to Indigenous-specific racism in Canada, has me thinking about the progressions we move through (linear and cyclical) in our anti-racist … Continue reading

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“I Am Not Racist”

Thinking that “I am not racist” is not enough. This is often because we create narrow definitions of racism that ignore the systemic structures and process that perpetuate entrenched racism. It exists in EVERY part of this country, in every … Continue reading

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It’s About Our Own Learning

Those who know me and the work I do might have a good idea of how often I am asked by teachers how/where they can find good resources to include First Peoples content/perspectives into their teaching. Since BC has revised … Continue reading

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First Peoples Perspectives of Education and the Core Competencies

As we know, the BC education system is undergoing change. The process includes a move toward teaching and learning that is more responsive to the contexts and needs of the learners, and (finally) the explicit inclusion of “core competencies”. These … Continue reading

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what is our story of education in BC?

“The Nigerian storyteller Ben Okri says that ‘In a fractured age, when cynicism is god, here is a possible heresy: we live by stories, we also live in them. One way or another we are living the stories planted in … Continue reading

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what do i do?

“what do you do?” is question often asked when meeting someone new, and lately i have found myself challenged with an answer when asked. i know what category i need to check on official forms when i have to specify my occupation, but “teacher” … Continue reading

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