Indigenous Knowledge in Early Childhood Education: Building a Nest for Reconciliation

  • Cheryl Kinzel
Keywords: Indigenous knowledges, Reconciliation, indigenization, Early childhood education, transformative learning, critical pedagogy, initial teacher education

Abstract

This article is based on my dissertation study exploring how Indigenous knowledges were experienced by non-Indigenous students in an ECE diploma program at a Canadian college. Analysis of participants’ stories through the lens of critical pedagogy helped identify experiences with Indigenous knowledges and Reconciliation. Critical reflection on these experiences identified key findings: 1) the promise of transformative learning, 2) an acceptance of the truths and realities of Canadian history, and 3) the necessity of experiencing Indigenous knowledges. Through the metaphor of building a nest, I see transformative learning, truth telling, and inclusion of Indigenous knowledges as a path toward Reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples within early childhood education programs.

Published
2020-01-17
Section
Articles from Research