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ICYMI – Engaged | Engagés – A CHA Webinar Series: Indigenizing the Teaching of North American History


In light of the cancellation of Congress 2020, the CHA has organised a series of webinars to provide a virtual discussion forum for historians until they have the opportunity to share their research with colleagues in person once it is safe to do so. The hope is that the series will become a great forum of exchanges over time.

The second webinar in the series, an English-Language panel on Indigenizing the Teaching of North American History, was recorded on October 30 and released publicly on 2 November on YouTube. The discussion was moderated by Thomas Peace, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Huron University College and the panelists included Marie BattisteAlan Corbiere, and Sarah Nickel.

Over the course of an hour, the conversation explores the meaning of decolonization, Indigenizing the academy, Indigenous resurgence in the Indigenizing of history, assesses specific anticolonial strategies for affecting change in the discipline, and provides advice for history teachers and professors about how to change pedagogies and curriculum. The panelists also provided a list of useful resources history teachers and professors can use to learn more about the subjects addressed during the session.

The first in the series, « L’autochtonisation de l’enseignement de l’histoire », took place on 29 June and dealt with the decolonisation of Canadian history curricula. The discussion was moderated by Mathieu Arsenault, Professor in the Department of History at the Université de Montréal and the panelists are Leila Inksetter, Professor in the Department of Sociology at UQÀM; Jonathan Lainey, Curator, Aboriginal Cultures at the McCord Museum; and Brian Gettler, Professor of History at the University of Toronto. You can view the video recording on YouTube.