Celebrating Indigenous Storywork as Pedagogy and Methodology

On May 10, 2018, the Department of Educational Studies (EDST) hosted the 2018 Education Studies Symposium entitled, Conversations with Jo-ann Archibald about Indigenous Storywork as Pedagogy and Methodology. UBC faculty, staff, and students gathered alongside members from the outside educational community at the First Nations Longhouse on UBC’s Vancouver campus to engage in critical dialogue regarding the challenges and successes of using Indigenous storywork as pedagogy and methodology.

The day also served as a celebration of not only Indigenous storywork within research and educational contexts, but of Q’um Q’um Xiiem, Jo-ann Archibald’s legacy and enduring contributions to the educational community.

The day began with a message of acknowledgment from Musqueam Elder Jewel Thomas, who welcomed participants to share in the learning provided by the traditional, ancestral, and unceded land of Musqueam. Participants then heard from a number of speakers who shared stories and knowledge about the creative and transformative power of storywork within research and education. This included Q’um Q’um Xiiem, Jo-ann Archibald (professor emeritus, EDST), Brad Baker (District Principal of Aboriginal Education for the North Vancouver District School Board), Dr. Amy Parent (Faculty of Education, SFU), Dr. Cash Ahenakew (EDST), and Dr. Michael Marker (EDST). Current EDST graduate students Melanie Nelson and Sam Tsuruda moderated conversations to guide and summarize the day’s learning.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the event.

For more information on the event and to view the bio’s of speakers please visit the event page here.