Identify the Indigenous territories

Identify the Indigenous territories

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