Following the way created by the First Nations Pedagogies Network’s pilot cohort from 2019 to 2021 and working alongside the leadership of four of its continuing members, the FNPN welcomed in the Fall of 2021 six Indigenous Early Childhood Education professionals who have come to broaden and enrich the depth and scope of the work being developed in the Network.
Guided by their cultural authorities and responsive to their contexts, each FNPN member envisions a unique Pathway for their work. Both singular and in relation, FNPN Pathways express the priorities and responsibilities each member identifies and is developing with and for the communities where they work, moving forward from their years of experience in ongoing community, cultural and professional ‘pedagogical’ works, on Indigenous terms.
From their Pathways, the work of the FNPN members supports ongoing professional and cultural learning for early childhood educators within ‘hubs’ or networks of Indigenous communities and early years programs. These may be located in a particular geographic area but are connected with other ‘hubs’ and to the territories where they live. They are growing in strength and diversity in a good way.
MARY BURGARETTA was named after her maternal grandmother and aunties on both sides. She is Anishinaabe-kwe, a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation on her father’s side, and
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SHAUNA ALEC is from the Lake Babine Nation and Nak’azdli Whu’ten and represents the house of the Likh Tsa Mis Yu (Beaver Clan). She is the descendant of a long