The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


In an effort to lift Indigenous curriculum off the page and uphold the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, some professors are turning to Indigenous students in the classroom to speak to the content.

Educators need to update their teaching manuals says some Indigenous students and educators.

Sometimes, when journalists bring people together for a potentially difficult conversation, it takes time for participants to open up. But, when the Calgary Journal invited three people to speak about Indigenous childcare issues, they launched into a powerful conversation without any prompting.

Many people want to be an ally to the Indigenous community but often don’t know where to start. They may not know what the correct terminology is or what sorts of questions should be asked and avoided.

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research describes non-Indigenous allies as people who, “Recognize the unearned privilege they receive from society’s patterns of injustice and take responsibility for changing these patterns.”

Audra Foggin, a Sixties Scoop survivor who teaches social work at Mount Royal University (MRU), believes the best way to unlock understanding and healing surrounding intergenerational trauma is through inclusive, open conversation.