Anishinaabe Worldview Training spurs new ideas to incorporate Native American culture at Northland school
February 12, 2018 by Blandin Foundation
Over 150 Itasca area leaders — including police officers, educators, and business owners — have completed Anishinaabe Worldview Training in recent years. The training gives learners a historical framework from which to understand and articulate the Native experience today. The content is a result of many gatherings of elders, teachers, critical thinkers and traditional Anishinaabe intended to make our communities, Native and Non-Native, healthier, safer and enriched places.
Last month, the Pine Cone Press-Citizen covered the experiences of educators in Remer who are making changes in the school because of their learning.
“This experience has been very humbling and intense; it makes you want to think about how to approach different situations,” said Raina Boucher, second grade teacher.
“Boucher commented that her interactions with students are more purposeful since the seminar. ‘Any chance there is to learn about their culture and values, we want to take, as well as encourage students,’ she mentioned.”
On a broader scale, the school is hoping to invite tribal elders to talk about pow wows and other traditional customs and teachers are editing their lessons to “create a stronger relationship with all of their students by using Ojibwe culture and language.”
These small and big changes will make our area schools more inclusive and ensure they work for all students!
Blandin Foundation has funded three sessions of Anishinaabe Worldview Training in the Itasca area. More details here.
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