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Ep8: Delving into Indigenous Perspectives Through the Body

In this episode of “Body Talk” Dr. Traci L. Scheepstra interviews Nancy Steele, an elementary education and social studies specialist, and contributor of The Deepening Knowledge Project at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT).  Join them as they talk about ways settler-identified teachers can explore Indigenous perspectives through the body with their students. Nancy shares how she uses books, stories, and reenactments written by Indigenous authors to help students connect to their own lives. She emphasizes that we can learn so much about others--their histories, perspectives, and ways of knowing--when we connect to our own experiences of love, family, culture, language, traditions, and loss. Traci and Nancy also talk about specific ways books and stories can be a springboard for dance and drama experiences, and how being part of a story allows students to embody the learning. Nancy also shares many resources, including specific books you can use in the classroom. 

Nancy Steele’s resource suggestions from the Body Talk: 

Books: Shi-shi-etko and Shin-chi’s Canoe by Nicola Campbell, Morning on the Lake by Jan Bourdeau Waboose, Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson 

Goodminds: First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Books 
The CBC Massey Lectures by Thomas King 
TVOKids “Raven’s Quest” Grades 1-3 Social Studies 
World History of Racism in Minutes by Tim McCaskell


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