Langara Book Club: Indigenous Storywork

Leading up to this year’s APAG conference, join the Langara Book Club to explore keynote speaker Jo-Ann Archibald’s Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body and Spirit.

Dr. Archibald, also known by her Stó:lō name Q’um Q’um Xiiem, is a member of the Soowahlie and Xaxli’p First Nations. She spent her career helping to advance Indigenous educational programs in Canadian elementary and university curricula. Jo-ann Archibald is a professor emerita at UBC and has been appointed officer of the Order of Canada in 2019 for her substantial work in Indigenous education.

This book unravels the role of stories and storytelling for holistic learning, teaching and healing. Based on traditional knowledge and life experiences of Elders, Archibald’s research and writing develops ways of bringing storytelling into the context of education. The characteristics of stories, the process of storytelling and establishing a receptive learning context, and ways of engaging in holistic meaning-making are considered in this book.

Discussions will revolve around two chapters per meeting, offering enough time for those who have not previously read the book to do so.  The first gathering will be on Thursday, February 14, 2019 in room T228, with following meetings on February, 28, March 14, and April 4.

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Note: The Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre will have several copies available for participants to borrow on a first come, first served basis. The Langara Library also has the e-book version of Indigenous Storywork.

This book club will be facilitated by Aurelia Kinslow, Indigenous Curriculum Consultant, and faculty from the English department.