How would you respond to a teacher who asks you why he/she should develop and use Indigenous-based culturally responsive pedagogy (CRP) when there are no Indigenous students in his/her classroom (or school)?
If a teacher asked me why they should develop and use Indigenous-based culturally responsive pedagogy when there are no Indigenous students in their classroom (or school), I would tell them to take the time to learn and teach it to their students anyways. My question in return would be, if you didn’t know how to teach any core subject, would you have the choice not to teach it? No. You would likely take the time to learn the curricular content and prepare to teach your students in a meaningful way.
Students benefit from the things their teachers take the time to learn themselves. With Indigenous Education, you may not have Indigenous students in your classroom but it is important for your students to learn about it. The things we learn about Indigenous Education bring to life a lot of the dark times in Canada that are seeming to be hidden. It may not be directly related to your students but at the same time, as Canadians, it is most definitely related. It is important to learn about different events in Canada; even in Saskatchewan, some don’t know very much about Treaty Education. Everyone can value from learning about the history of Saskatchewan and aspects of Indigenous peoples’ as well.