Week 6 – October 26th, 2015
Stereotyping, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Protocol
Alison Kimbley- Grade 8 teacher from Seven Stones, M.Ed student
Pamela George (missing and murdered Indigenous women)
Vic Starr (cultural protocol)
Importance of these topics:
1. Stereotyping – Stereotypes and biases affect the lives of many Indigenous people and how they are perceived by society. By acknowledging existing stereotypes found in the media and day-to-day events it is easier to identify underlying public perceptions and biases.
I really enjoyed Alison Kimbley when she presented. Before class, I socialized with her and got to ask her some questions and she was really nice, friendly, and someone that you can easily have a conversation with. The video clip by Wab Canoe was interesting and an eye-opener for me. The video introduced and had a brief, humorous explanation on the five most popular stereotypes Canadians have in regards to Aboriginal people (alcoholics, “get over it”- referring to the residential schools, have long hair, money issue, and don’t have to pay taxes).
- This video clip then led into the next activity which opened up a discussion on the stereotypes that we have heard towards Aboriginal people in Canada, so that we can become more aware of them and refrain from using them or say something where you hear someone else use them (as all of these stereotypes are FALSE and not true!).
- Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: (Pamela George)
While Indigenous women make up only 4.3 per cent of the total female population, they represent 16 percent of all female homicide victims. This is part of a larger systemic problem. Due to public perceptions such as ingrained bias and a perceived “lack of societal value,” Indigenous women are at increased risk. Realizing the part public perception plays in acts of violence is one step toward planning for change.
It was great to hear Pamela’s story. I know it must have been very difficult for her to overcome the situation that happened to her; but having her come into the classroom to speak her story and relate it to such a terrifying problem in our country today was again eye-opening and educational. She poured her heart out and showed emotions throughout her presentation. I was able to emotionally connect to her and tried to understand/experience in my mind what she went through and the process of grieving and overcoming difficult barriers.
Protocol: (Vic Starr)
I found this section of the presentations very important as most teachers do not know how to properly bring contacts into their classrooms. As a future teacher, I found this extremely helpful as Vic lead the class in making tobacco pouches and explained the importance of following tradition and cultural practices.