Indigenous Language & Literacy Education
Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing (e.g. storytelling, oratory, dance, drumming, navigation) are authentic and valid forms of language and literacy education that are grounded in specific knowledge systems that we – individually and collectively – can all learn from, engage with, and be transformed by.
Building on the growing area of needs that is in response to UBC’s Indigenous strategic priorities, the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Actions, Bill 41 (BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act), Bill C-15 (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act), Bill C-91 (Indigenous Languages Act), as well as the United Nations declaration of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032), we are committed to nurturing, expanding, and advancing Indigenous language and literacy learning opportunities with our students, schools, and communities we serve.
Examples of Course Offerings
LLED 527: Materials Development for Indigenous Language Learning and Teaching
LLED 565P: Indigenous Language and Culture Education (Special Topics)
LLED 565D: Living Our Indigenous Languages Through Performative Arts (Special Topics)
A Sampling of LLED Theses and Dissertations
Co-Supervisors – Jim Anderson (LLED) and Jo-ann Archibald (EDST)
Bridge, Christine. (2018). Land education and reconciliation: exploring educators’ practice. Doctoral Dissertation. UBC.
Co-supervisors – Jan Hare (LLED) and Teresa Dobson (LLED)
Davidson, Sarah. (2016). Following the song of k’aad ‘aww (Dogfish Mother) : adolescent perspectives on English 10 First Peoples, writing, and identity. Doctoral Dissertation. UBC.
Co-Supervisors – Carl Leggo (LLED) and Theresa Rogers (LLED)
McKeon, M. (2021). Pray Where the Waters Meet: Land-based Métissage, Ethical Relationality and Reconciliation. Dissertation UBC
Co-Supervisors: Belliveau, G. and Gladwin, D. (LLED)
Ryan, Keeley (2016). Community-based materials development: using digital storytelling for teaching and learning Indigenous languages. M.A. Thesis. UBC.
Supervisor – Candace K. Galla (LLED)
Cranmer, Laura (2015). Reclaiming Kwak’wala through co-constructing Gwanti’lakw’s vision. Doctoral Dissertation. UBC.
Co-Supervisors – Carl Leggo (LLED) and Patricia Shaw (FNEL)
McIvor, Onowa (2012). îkakwiy nîhiyawiyân : I am learning [to be] Cree. Doctoral Dissertation. UBC.
Supervisor – Jan Hare (LLED)
Research and Teaching Areas
Related UBC Programs & Units
Office of Indigenous Education (Faculty of Education)
Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education (MOOC, Professional Development & Community Engagement, Faculty of Education)
First Nations and Endangered Languages Program (Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Arts)
Indigitization (Irving K. Barber Learning Centre)
Indigenous Portal (First Nations House of Learning)