Land as pedagogy

Land as pedagogy: Nishnaabeg intelligence and rebellious transformation, an article written by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, a part of Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society (Vol. 3, No. 3, 2014, pp. 1-25)

Abstract

“A resurgence of Indigenous political cultures, governances and nation-building requires generations of Indigenous peoples to grow up intimately and strongly connected to our homelands, immersed in our languages and spiritualities, and embodying our traditions of agency, leadership, decision-making and diplomacy. This requires a radical break from state education systems – systems that are primarily designed to produce communities of individuals willing to uphold settler colonialism. This paper uses Nishnaabeg stories to advocate for a reclamation of land as pedagogy, both as process and context for Nishnaabeg intelligence, in order to nurture a generation of Indigenous peoples that have the skills, knowledge and values to rebuild our nation according to the word views and values of Nishnaabeg culture.”