Reading Response #4: Place

Throughout reading the paper Learning from Place: A Return to Traditional Mushkegowuk Ways of Knowing there were many examples of reinhabitation and decolonization. The paper revolves around a ten day river trip with youth, adult and elder members of the Mushkegowuk community. The river trip itself is an example of reinhabitation of this community because they are going to the river to learn and understand its importance and its role in their community they reside in. There is mention to how colonization has impacted the community’s use of traditional Cree language. The Mushkegowuk community does not speak Cree as well as they used to, but by recognizing this fact it is a step towards decolonization. With the youth, adult, and elder members of the community joining together towards further understanding of their place and their culture there are steps towards reinhabitation and decolonization.

In my classroom I will consider place in my teachings. I want to be able to understand the ground my students and I are upon and how we came to be. I also will work with my students so we understand our roles in our own communities together. Place is important in understanding ourselves and the past of how we came to be.

One thought on “Reading Response #4: Place

  1. Hey Jenna,

    Sounds like you’re on the right track to teaching about place. I just recently started learning about teaching with “place” in mind and I also want to ensure I bring it into my own future classroom. I like your emphasis on understanding your own students through place. I think its vitally important in connecting with students.


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