Land-based learning for reconciliation on Gabriola Island

Renseignements sur le financement
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • Type de subvention: Subventions de développement de partenariat
  • Années: 2018/19 à 2019/20
  • Financement total: $142,500
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Sommaire du projet

This project will contribute to building both theoretical and practical understanding of the process of reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and settler society across Canada. Specifically, it examines the development of land-based community education on Gabriola Island, as an intrinsic and central component of efforts towards reconciliation with the local Coast Salish people and with the Indigenous history of British Columbia (BC). Over a three-year period, researchers will work with the island school, community groups, and Indigenous Elders and knowledge holders to foster new intergenerational initiatives in land-based learning. The project is guided by the principles of community-first, Land-centred research; it will be documented using portraiture methodology, an aesthetically informed, collaborative form of ethnography, and its theoretical dimension will be explicitly grounded in the educational thinking and practice of project participants. The project will make a unique contribution to the broader process of reconciliation on Coast Salish territory, and to the re-orientation of public education towards more local, embodied, and integrative modes of learning.