Aboriginal Perspective in Education

Consultant: Jennifer Oborne Crolly

An Aboriginal perspective brings a worldview that is different from the view of mainstream education. It is one that touches the heart and spirit as well as the mind, and can enrich how we learn, what we talk about, how we feel, and who we become…

In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, we are invited as schools to walk together with Indigenous students and families in new ways…to create a new reality through relationship, understanding our shared history, and growing opportunities for success for all children.

In Jennifer’s explorations with schools, Aboriginal Perspectives involve looking at the difference between Western and Indigenous worldviews, seeing the innate tensions between them and exploring the past and current realities of Colonization. She introduces participants to the beauty and powerful pedagogy offered through Indigenous worldview, Teachings, Drumming, Songs, and meaningful activity in curriculum and daily life.

Examples of half-day workshops for teachers include:

  • What is an Aboriginal Perspective?
  • Introduction to Colonization: It’s More Than Just History
  • Working with Indigenous Students: Getting Ourselves out of the Way
  • Working with Indigenous Students: Intergenerational Trauma in the Classroom
  • Working with Indigenous Students: Aligning our Practices with Indigenous Pedagogy

Presentations and experiences for classrooms and other student groups can include:

  • 7 Teachings (20-60 minutes depending on grade level)
  • The Sharing Circle (teaching or conducting)
  • The Medicine Wheel
  • The Drum
  • The Pipe
  • The Sweat Lodge
  • The Sundance
  • Moon Lodge Teachings
  • Traditional Healing Processes
  • Teachers in the Animal World
  • Addressing Emotional Reactivity – The Mirror Teaching
  • Residential Schools

Jennifer is a highly skilled professional with over 25 years of combined experience as a Student Services Teacher, an Aboriginal Perspectives Consultant, and a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner. She offers a variety of contract services to schools to assist them in integrating Aboriginal perspectives in education, and provide unique supports through BodyTalk to help address a range of classroom needs such as issues of behaviour, stress, classroom or staff dynamics, and teacher wellness.

This topic is aimed at educators who want their teaching to be part of the Reconciliation process and know that they need more context and an engaged attitude. The recommended process is a series of at least three half-day workshops, separated by a week or more and complemented by selected readings. However, that process is flexible, depending on the needs and time constraints of the participants.

Fees are typically $500 per half-day, $900 per full-day plus expenses