Pulling Together: Manitoba Foundations Guide

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This project is part of the February 2021 Textbook Success Program cohort. 


The Manitoba Foundations Group, community members, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and other community stakeholders, is leading the adaptation of the Pulling Together: Foundations Guide in collaboration with Assiniboine Community College, Brandon University, and Campus Manitoba. The adapted version of the Foundations Guide will provide a starting point for those who want to learn more about Indigenous Peoples in Manitoba and those who wish to begin their journey of understanding Canada’s colonial legacy.

We hope that readers take their learning off the page, as deeper understanding is experienced when readers thoughtfully engage in the activities that go beyond the resource itself.

The Foundations Guide eloquently explains the metaphor of pulling together:
“The canoe holds Indigenous Peoples and the key people in post-secondary education whose roles support, lead, and build Indigenization. Our combined strengths give us balance and the ability to steer and paddle in unison as we sit side by side. The paddles are the open resources. As we learn to pull together, we understand that our shared knowledge makes us stronger and makes us one.” (Foundations Guide, pg. ix) 

This adaptation is the work of many communities in Manitoba ‘pulling together’ to localize the knowledge shared within the resource. The adaptation is set to be complete by summer 2021 to align with National Indigenous Peoples Day, on June 21.

About the Guide

Pulling Together: Foundations Guide is part of a professional learning series, from BCcampus, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, and a Steering Committee of Indigenous education leaders, designed for post-secondary staff on their journeys of understanding Canada’s colonial legacy and to begin or supplement ways to Indigenize their institution. The guide is broken into three sections:

  • Section 1: Introduction to Indigenous Peoples
  • Section 2: Colonization
  • Section 3: Decolonization

Throughout the guide, readers are introduced to the diversity within Indigenous Peoples in Manitoba and throughout Canada, while bringing awareness to the past and present realities for First Nations people, Métis, and Inuit groups. Our adaptation will build off the Foundations Guide and localize the knowledge within the resource to Manitoba. We hope that readers take their learning off the page, as deeper understanding is experienced when readers thoughtfully engage in the activities that go beyond the resource itself.   

Behind Manitoba’s Foundations Group

The Manitoba Foundations Group has two working committees: The smaller working group is responsible for breaking down sections of the book that need to be adapted and guiding the larger group through facilitated discussions. The larger group is made up of Elders, community members and Knowledge Keepers who provide feedback, localize stories, and elicit insights from others in their community to accurately reflect the Manitoba region. The collaboration, dialogue, and flexibility from both the smaller and larger working group has created many rich and meaningful discussions on ways in which we can all ‘pull together.’

This circular chart shows the timeline of the project. Image in in the middle is a circle, broken into four quadrants with 12 small circles around it, representing the medicine wheel. Starting from the top right is the yellow quadrant, red, black, and white. Text reads (from right to left, going clockwise): Relationship-building (November 2020): Larger Cultural Diversity and Awareness Committee formed. Adapting (February-April 2021): Led by the content developer, the smaller sub-group began highlighting information to be adapted. Researching & Consulting (April 2021): Larger committee was broken into three sub-committees to provide region-specific knowledge on culture, art & research. Content Creation (May 2021): Through knowledge shared from the larger committee, the content lead will adapt content to highlight the Prairie region. Editing & Proofreading (May-June 2021): An Indigenous proofreader and copyright to review resource for grammar, spelling, style, consistency, etc. Developing & Fine-tuning (June 2021): Resource uploaded into PressBooks and final review from a variety of stakeholders. Publishing Adaptation (June 21, 2021).
This circular chart shows the timeline of the project, with the circle and corresponding colours representing the medicine wheel.

This adaptation will be filled with learning opportunities for readers, both on and off the page. Please note that this guide is not a definitive resource, as First Nations, Metis, and Inuit perspectives, stories, and approaches are very diverse across Turtle Island, a term referring to the continent of North America.

We encourage you to follow the project homepage and stay tuned for updates on the Manitoba adaptation of Pulling Together: Foundations Guide.

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