Language is key in all of our teachings’: land-based learning must include language component, educator says – CBC

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Mar 26, 2020

Former educator applauds land-based curriculum, but it must be more than simply going on the land

Randy Trudeau, a former teacher, is happy to see land-based learning making its way into the curriculum for First Nation students.

He says when he was teaching, the land was not allowed to be part of the curriculum. “I was forced to teach what the curriculums had on it,” Trudeau says. “Throughout the years, I broke, you know, policies, broke the rules, and I took my students out on the land. We went for walks, hikes. I taught the medicines, different parts of the trees, what we used to use them for instead of doing geography,” Trudeau said.

“I’d go out in our reserve and I’d teach all our kids what our ancestors did back then, and what did they use all these trees and all the plants that are here [for]. But I was frowned upon doing that.”

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