In this interactive session, we will contemplate questions around the three tenets of critical service-learning (Mitchell, 2008): social change orientation, sharing power, and relationship building. The overarching challenge, or the "big question," is: “Can we imagine enacting what Tania Mitchell asks of us within the context of higher education, or within any school, when education systems are enmeshed in settler colonial matrices of power?” Working together, we will be asking further questions – not attempting to find the answers. This session is not a place for easy answers. It is a place for "unsettling" assumptions. It can be a place for beginnings and continuations; hopefully a place for working together; and hopefully a place for productive connections.
Basic definitions of settler colonialism and settler colonial logics
Basic understanding of schools’ roles upholding structures of s-c
Introductory experience working with Indigenous Feminist ways of thinking and framing problem
Additional POV/ways of thinking about our work
New questions and network of similarly questioning practitioners