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Mi'kmaq & Indigenous Studies: Monthly Readings

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Reading - March 10, 2016

Tuck, E., & Yang, K. W. (2012). Decolonization is not a metaphor. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society 1(1). Retrieved from

16 individuals, including 7 CBU students attended the reading circle!

A Brief Summary of Our Discussion

The Nation2Nation Reading Circle supports and extends the inter-cultural learning that has been taking place within the Nation2Nation Speaker Series. On 10 March, participants reflected upon the article "Decolonization is not a Metaphor" by Eve Tuck and Wayne Yang (2012). The group was joined by Mi’kmaw Elder Albert Marshall from Eskasoni, who described the importance of “Two Eyed Seeing” within Canadian secondary and post-secondary educational institutions." Two Eyed Seeing represents the convergence of Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge, and participants discussed the possible influence of this approach on media, the arts, social justice activism, and decolonization within the Canadian legal system. We were also grateful to be joined by Stephen Augustine, Hereditary Chief on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council and Dean of Unama’ki College and Aboriginal Learning at CBU. The Circle also considered the problem of continuing colonialisms, the importance of language to First Nations culture throughout Canada, and the history of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship in Nova Scotia.

by Lachlan MacKinnon
Visiting researcher at CBU

Reading - January 15, 2016

Battiste, M. (2010). Nourishing the learning spirit: Living our way to new thinking. Education Canada 50(1). Retrieved from

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