Decolonizing Language in Teaching and Learning

Event Date & Time

  • April 5, 2016
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Event Description

How can we support and encourage students to critically reflect on the multiplicity of languages and stories we carry into learning? How can we responsibly connect the ways we use language in the university to the people, languages, and stories of the unceded territories where we learn?

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Acknowledge a multiplicity of languages at the university, and discuss how languages are tied to place and stories;
  • Consider our own relationships and responsibilities to unceded Musqueam territories through our engagements with hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language on campus;
  • Identify and discuss issues and challenges related to the use of language in teaching Indigenous content; and
  • Envision ways of decolonizing language in our classrooms, course materials, student assignments, and feedback to students.

Facilitators: Daisy Rosenblum is an Assistant Professor in the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program and the Department of Anthropology. She specializes in the multi-modal documentation and description of indigenous languages of North America, with an emphasis on methods, partnerships, and products that contribute to community-based language revitalization. Janey Lew is a Sessional Instructor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and Educational Developer, Indigenous Initiatives at the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology.


Venue Website:

1961 E Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Please note this room is located through the CTLT offices of the 2nd floor in IKBLC.