Heart transformation and reconciliation with indigenous peoples: From passion to compassion
Reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples will require far more than knowledge, understanding, and a renewal of the mind. It will also require a transformation of the heart. As Dr. Matthew Etherington, a professor of education and the director of the Institute of Indigenous Issues and Perspectives at Trinity Western University says, “When hearts change, which they must, misunderstandings and wrong attitudes begin to disappear.”
The general consensus in scholarship is that Canadian educational institutions have not taken seriously Aboriginal perspectives on pedagogy and worldview, which require students to experience personal conflict that leads to transformation. Dr. Etherington will speak on the importance of challenging and disturbing non-Aboriginal and stereotypical ways of thinking to facilitate a change of both the heart and the mind, particularly as it relates to education. He’ll draw on insights from an innovative course he’s been teaching for several years called Indigenous Issues in Education. Instead of writing a final exam, students perform for a panel of indigenous elders at the end of the term to demonstrate how what they’ve learned has changed them.
While Dr. Etherington will be speaking from an educational perspective, this lecture will appeal to anyone who wants to understand their own culture of teaching and learning by becoming "150 per cent people."
This lecture is part of The Leaders’ Series, a set of free community lectures designed to build and serve the local community and facilitate the exchange of ideas. These events at TWU Richmond will be a gathering place for thought leaders and community members to discuss issues of the day in business, leadership, feminism, education, politics, and much more.
Learn more about the other lectures in The Leaders' Series at twu.ca/leaders-series.