Course Description

This course is 12 learning hours inclusive of 4.5 hours of live sessions. It is recommended that learners spend approximately 4 hours per week on this course, including the 1.5 hour live session.
This course has been developed through decolonizing practices for the collective learning experience. It moves beyond the superficial inclusion of Indigenous content, through employing the intention of embedding sustainable Indigenous principles into the development, structure and delivery of the course. Class interactions are adapted to reflect Indigenous values and orientations, as well as teaching and learning practices. It has been designed to allow for the collective engagement of the entire class, while the opportunity for individual learning and growth is shared, supported and encouraged.  

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Transforming Imperialist & Assimilative Frameworks
  • Module 2: Validating Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemologies
  • Module 3: Asserting the Presence and Humanity of Indigenous Peoples

What You Will Learn

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify the key periods of Indigenous Education post colonization;
  • explain the concept of intergenerational trauma as it relates to Indian Residential Schools;
  • distinguish the similarities and differences between Indian Residential Schools and Day Schools;
  • discuss the benefits of Indigenous controlled education;
  • distinguish the difference between western knowledge attainment and Indigenous learning;
  • explain the concept of Etuaptmumk;
  • discuss the importance of decolonizing education;
  • describe the importance of mentoring and apprenticeship;
  • explain how storytelling is a vital aspect of Indigenous teaching and learning and;
  • discuss the importance of community service to Indigenous teaching and learning.


For assistance or more information, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

Recommended For

  • Those interested in working in the field of adult education (training, facilitation, coaching, mentoring, etc.)
  • Those interested in learning about Indigenous ways of teaching and learning
  • Those interested in exploring the impact of the Residential School System on Indigenous peoples and their ways of teaching.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Indigenous Teaching and Learning
Online - Self-Paced
Apr 05, 2024 to Apr 26, 2024
Total Learning Hours
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $650.00
Required Software
A webcam and microphone will be required for the live sessions.
Reading List / Textbook
No textbooks are required for this course.
Section Notes
  • The course will officially open on Friday, April 5, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.
  • This course includes 3 synchronous facilitated sessions from 7-8:30 pm (Atlantic time zone). Days of live sessions will be announced at a future date.
  • Sessions will be recorded for those who have time conflicts.
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