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A place we call home: curriculum for land-based education

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design education, curriculum, Indigenous knowledge

Abstract (summary)

This paper describes initial research into the creation of curriculum that combines visual communication design with local Indigenous knowledge in the Tłıchǫ ̨ Dene region of subarctic Canada. This curriculum is intended for regional youth, and to be accredited by the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. Situated outside dominant models of design education, the following sections illustrate the significant role that embodied knowledge and relationality can play in land-based pedagogy. As part of this discussion, the field of design is situated as an intermediary between an Indigenous community and a Western academic institution. Through a reflexive, narrative form of writing, the following sections provide an account of consultations between the principal investigator and Tłıchǫ ̨ community members during the early stages of research in 2019. Consultation during this time led to the creation of two curriculum drafts that are presented in the following pages.

Publication Information

Ruiz, A. (2022) A place we call home: Curriculum for land-based education, in Lockton, D., Lenzi, S., Hekkert, P., Oak, A., Sádaba, J., Lloyd, P. (eds.), DRS2022: Bilbao, 25 June - 3 July, Bilbao, Spain.


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