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Situating the Horse, Human Relationship in Indigenous Education

Wed., Mar. 13, 2019 12:00 p.m. - Wed., Mar. 13, 2019 1:00 p.m.

Location: Education Building 341 -ED341-

Presenter: Kelsey Moore

Abstract: Indigenous youth across Canada have a considerably higher risk of developing mental health problems when compared to their non-First Nations counterparts. Borne from extensive history of political policies that aim at the suppression, oppression and marginalization of Indigenous cultures, these mental health issues have been shown to negatively impact the educational success of Indigenous youth throughout Canada. Research has shown that Indigenous youth tend to perform better academically and experience reduced mental health problems with culturally-relevant educational programs. Consequently, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education has identified the delivery of equitable educational opportunities as a priority.

Indigenous horses such as the Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony provides an ideal opportunity to facilitate Indigenous youths' healing and holistic wellness journey due to their inherent connection to the natural and spirit worlds, long-standing relationship with Indigenous peoples, and shared history of colonization (Snowshoe & Starblanket, 2016). Narratives from Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers about the spiritual capacity of these ponies will help build the foundation for a culturally-specific, decolonized EAL program. This presentation will take a look at the current progress and Indigenous methodologies used to prepare and pursue this research initiative.

Everyone is welcome. Coffee is provided. No registration is required.

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