What do we want? Required decolonial pedagogy! When do we want it? Soon!

The College Fix reports:

U. Michigan Native American, Latinx groups demand required courses on ‘decolonial pedagogy’

Two University of Michigan student interest groups have joined forces to make demands of school officials, including mandated classes focusing on “decolonial pedagogy.”

The Native American Student Association and La Casa sent their “United Statement” to UM Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Robert Sellers on “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” October 12, The Michigan Daily reports.

Statement co-author Samara Jackson Tobey said the demands are “to perpetuate a sense of Indigenous education that actually reflects … cultural systems and Indigenous ways of knowing.”

The specific demands include:

— “Indigenous People’s [sic] Day must be mandated as a University of Michigan holiday.” Events on this day should include workshops on the Treaty of Fort Meigs, tribal sovereignty, and “cultural and environmental sustainability and Anishinaabek governance.”

— “Decolonize Pedagogies pertaining to all facets of Academia and student experience impacted by genocide pedagogy from Boarding Schools, exclusionary discipline, erasure, climate change, relocation, ICWA and generational trauma.” This includes sensitivity training on the continued effects of continued “colonial traumas” suffered by Indigenous communities.

— “Require classes focused on decolonial pedagogy and epistemology that persist beyond the history of colonialism in Turtle Island (South America, Mesoamerica, North America and The Caribbean).” For this, “Pan-Indigenous ontologies” are necessary to “present research and course-work centered in decolonial knowledge.”


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