Breathing Life into the Territorial Acknowledgement


The author re-visits the significance of the territorial acknowledgment (of living on the original lands of Indigenous peoples) in teaching, autobiographically probing meanings that can breathe life into acts of acknowledging. Key-words: Indigenous peoples; teaching; territorial acknowledgment.

Author Biography

Melanie Janzen, University of Manitoba, Canada
She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. She graduated with a Ph.D. (2011) from the University of British Columbia. Her dissertation, “Teaching Subjects: Reading the Phantasies and Interruptions of Becoming,” was awarded the CSSE’s Canadian Association for Teacher Education Recognition Award for Theses and Dissertations and the American Educational Research Association Qualitative Research SIG Outstanding Dissertation Award. I earned my M.A. (2005), P.B.D.E. (1999), and B.Ed. (1994) from the University of Manitoba. She is also a Research Affiliate with the Centre for Human Rights Research (CHRR). Before pursuing her PhD, she taught in early years classrooms and also worked as a learning support teacher. She currently enjoys teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs. She has worked with a number of research collaborators, graduate students, and research assistants and also welcomes the opportunity to talk about research—and research possibilities! She also works with schools and school divisions on specific projects of shared interest.


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