Identify the Indigenous territories on which you live Identify the Indigenous peoples, their languages and community agencies in the territory where you live. Ideally, include agencies that serve that particular group

Students are asked to write a paper introducing themselves and their family. Indigenous scholars such as Robina Thomas and Kim Anderson speak about the importance of self-locating in academic writing (i.e, these are examples off scholars but you are not asked to reference their writing necessarily).  Identifying one’s people, land, community, and grandparents is a traditional practice so that people would know who and where you came from. In this paper, you are asked to share (if the information is available – contact me if you want to talk about your approach):

  • Identify the Indigenous territories on which you live
  • Identify the Indigenous peoples, their languages and community agencies in the territory where you live. Ideally, include agencies that serve that particular group
  • Discuss how knowledge of self, place, and history relates to caring for Indigenous children in an educational or social service setting.
  • Discuss Todd and Wade’s notion of the colonial code and propose a more egalitarian and socially just way of working with Indigenous families

The above questions will count for 30/100

In addition, you may reflect on and address the following questions as you develop this paper:

  • Who are the Indigenous peoples who live on the land traditionally?
  • Are there other intentional communities that came later (e.g., Doukhobours, Ukrainians, Scots, Quakers, war resistors, religious groups)?
  • What are the Indigenous names for this land (please reference)?
  • What languages are/were spoken by these peoples (please reference)?
  • Were there Indian residential schools in these communities? Which churches were given responsibility for the education and care of Indigenous children?
  • What kinds of reparations have been made as part of this history (e.g., lawsuits, Truth and Reconciliation events, Common Experience processes, monuments)?
  • What Indigenous political, educational, health-based or child and family organizations are there in these communities? What kinds of services do they offer?
  • What initiatives or community efforts are trying to repair racism and create community between Indigenous peoples, settlers and immigrants where you live?
  • How do improved community and social relationships foster well-being for children?

Any additional discussion you pull from the second set of questions will be 15/100

As you write this paper, use your voice as a ‘tour guide’ for the reader, leading them through the communities and explaining your experiences and observations. Provide a clear introduction and summary/conclusion, telling the reader what they will see/experience in this paper and then what you have shown them.

Use discuss your experiences and observations (i.e., not a research paper) 5/100

Clear introduction telling what the reader will experience 5/100

Clear conclusion telling what you have shown 5/100

For sources, you may use reference materials or Internet sources that provide up-to-date information. Many of the bands and tribal websites provide updates on treaty processes, language classes, and events/social services in their communities.

The paper should be:

  • 7-8 pages (8 pages max, excluding title page and references)
  • 12 point font, double-spaced
  • APA formatting with title page and reference list

Length 8-10 pages 10/100

APA throughout body 15/100

Title page 5/100

Reference list 10/100