1: Origins & Realizations: “…how might it be different?”

In the first step on this pathway, Linda discusses her background, its strengths and omissions with respect to First Nations cultures and her first introductions to working with First Nations students in ECE after an 18-year career as an early childhood educator and administrator.

The First Nations Partnerships Program was an initiative instigated in the 1980s by First Nations unsatisfied with mainstream early childhood education. They reached out the University of Victoria who then co-developed and implemented with them an ‘emergent curriculum’ model for First Nations ECE education. Linda was one of the early instructors in that program.

Discussion Questions

To think with Linda’s thoughts, in relation to your own and your colleagues’ experience, and what you can together or each imagine about yourself, after each video discussion questions are offered. We would love to hear your questions, and happily include them here, as a growing resource for our communities (please see mail link below).

Origins & Realizations Discussion Questions


Step onto the Pathway:

What is your reaction to this video?

What leapt out at you?


Take a step further:

What comes to mind when you think about what Linda shares in this video?

How does anything Linda said in this video resonate in your context?

What in this video fits or doesn’t fit with your experience?

What further questions do you have about the issues and experiences Linda shares? (please feel free to share them with us here)


Why stop now? Further questions to consider (and add to these too please):

How did you learn about Indigenous peoples?

What blind spots can you identify in your culture (especially about itself where First Nations may be concerned)?

When have you had to “get your head around a very different way of thinking” in your personal or professional life? What did you learn from that experience?

In your experience, how does education trade in the idea of ‘need’ (for which it commonly provides remedies…) and how might ‘making needy’ be further complicated in a context of colonialism?

What do you want or need to know more about colonization?


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