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Piluwitahasuwawsuwakon and Your Course-FR

Author: myUNB News

Posted on Aug 23, 2018

Category: News and Notices

CETL, in consultation with the Mi’kmaq Wolastoqey Centre and the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network Atlantic, has developed a resource document for faculty and instructors seeking to make indigenous students feel more welcome and at home in their courses. It is entitled Piluwitahasuwawsuwakon and Your Course. “Piluwitahasuwawsuwakon” (bill-wee-duh-huz-zoo-wows-sue-wah’-gn) is a Wolastoqey term meaning “Allowing your thinking to change so that action will follow in a good way toward truth.” It encapsulates the spirit of what needs to change on the part of students and instructors for our courses to feel truly welcoming to Indigenous students.

Email Bev Bramble at to obtain a copy. 

This is part of a larger initiative to “indigenize the academy” in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations that apply to post-secondary education.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action with respect to education relevant to course design are:
10.  (ii) Improving education attainment levels and success rates 
       (iii) Developing culturally appropriate curricula 
       (vii) Respecting and honouring Treaty relationships 

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