Canada’s reconciliation process has been one of fear, excitement, missteps, stumbles and victories. Throughout this journey to reconciliation, we as a country have been feeling our way down a largely unknown path that changes daily. As Indigenous peoples, we are fairly sure of our role in this process. But what about non-Indigenous Canadians? Erin Hodson, Indigenous Curriculum Specialist at Wilfrid Laurier University, has some thoughts to share …
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Erin Hodson is the Indigenous Curriculum Specialist at Laurier. Hodson is of Kanienʼkehá꞉ka descent and received her MEd with a focus on the Social and Cultural Context of Education from Brock University in 2017. For almost 10 years, Hodson worked for the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education at Brock University where she created and taught courses focusing on Canadian history through the understanding of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. Hodson has been involved in multiple research projects investigating the state of Indigenous education in Canada.
During her research, Hodson witnessed firsthand the benefits of engaging with Indigenous culture for both her own people’s sense of self within mainstream education and for benefit of non-Indigenous people. Hodson is an outspoken advocate for the inclusion of Indigenous content throughout all levels of education. Since 2017, Hodson has worked with faculty, staff, students and community in Kitchener, Waterloo and surrounding areas to create authentic space for Indigenous ways of knowing and being into their personal and professional lives.
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