“It will open up their view on not only the struggles that Indigenous people have gone through but the strength and resiliency of how we continue to move on,” said Paul.
“There are so many ways that the students can be touched by this course. When they are looking back on their Cegep journey in 10 years from now, they’ll know that all the strength and power that went into treating this course was extremely valuable.”
Teacher Emma Gerlach started planning the course in Winter 2022, in consultation with Diane Labelle and the Indigenous Student Ambassadors.
Gerlach said it was important to “create the necessary space to have actual Indigenous voices in the classroom,” and that everything about the course from the texts that were studied to the methods of assessment were done in consultation and with Indigenous pedagogy in mind.
She went on to emphasize the incredible contributions of Paul and the guest speakers to the course, saying that “this course would have been impossible without Jennifer and the real commitment, time, energy and labour of Kanien’kéhá:ka community members.”
Gerlach said that thanks to the contributions of the community members, her students had the chance to be part of a unique learning experience.
“It’s not a class that can be recreated. This is a moment in time that they have the privilege to be part of. I feel really lucky to get to learn as much as I do with them,” she added.
Thanks to all the guest speakers and Kahnawa’kehró:non (Kahnawà:ke community members) who gave up their time to be apart of the course.
Karonhiahá:wi Sheila McComber
Hannah McGregor Pelletier
Emma Kahente Ouimet
Teioniehtàthe Eli Hamelin