Eliminating violence in our approaches to education requires the privileging of Indigenous worldviews through Aki Gakinoomaagewin based on Anishinaabeg traditions founded on Indigenous Activity Based Learning. Examples will be provided of how we are employing Aki Gakinoomaagewin to transform our teacher training programs at Lakehead University that privilege Anishinaabeg ways of learning embracing respect for Aki. Can this type of approach be considered a form of climate pedagogy?
Dr. Paul Cormier is a member of Lake Helen First Nations / Red Rock Indian Band in Northern Ontario. He holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Manitoba, a MA in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University, and a BEd in Elementary Education from McGill University. His research interests include Indigenous peace building, traditional Indigenous education systems, and considering research as a process for peace building in Indigenous contexts. Paul is an Associate Professor, and Chair in Aboriginal education at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay Ontario Canada.