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ERIC Number: EJ942807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
This Land Is Our Land? This Land Is Your Land: The Decolonizing Journeys of White Outdoor Environmental Educators
Root, Emily
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v15 p103-119 2010
Across Canada, many Aboriginal peoples and communities are actively resisting environmental destruction and communicating to settler-Canadians traditions of respect for the land. Moreover, some Indigenous scholars and educators are calling for a foregrounding of Indigenous ways of knowing in environmental education for all students. However, Western and Indigenous worldviews differ significantly, and settler-Canadian educators have much to learn from Aboriginal peoples who are already re-imagining a fundamentally different approach to education that pays attention to land, relationships, traditions, Elder knowledge, and place. Yet, it is difficult for White environmental educators to find effective and respectful roles as they learn from and work with Aboriginal peoples. This study seeks to understand the complexities of decolonizing journeys of White outdoor environmental educators. Findings of the study examine participant conceptualizations of decolonizing, recognition of Eurocentrism and White privilege, feelings of fear and anxiety, and experiences that facilitate decolonizing journeys. Major themes include: relationships with Aboriginal peoples, exposure to Aboriginal culture, relationships with non-Aboriginal peoples, cultural self-awareness, and time on the land.
Lakehead University and Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. Lakehead University Faculty of Education, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada. Fax: 807-346-7771; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada