From July 19-21, 2016, (OISE) the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto re-located its 10th annual, Decolonizing the Spirit conference to Embu University in Kenya, Africa. Under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Njoki Wane (OISE-Social Justice Education), 20 PhD students, family members and friends from the University of Toronto participated in this international educational event focused on Indigenous discourse related to human development and wellness!
R.E.A.L. School’s Program Administrator, Diane Hill and Senior Program Animator, Jordan Miller attended this conference and gave presentations related to the decolonizing theory and practices on which R.E.A.L. School was conceived and developed! In addition, Diane and Jordan were pleased to participate in the opening ceremony and also in the closing celebration and conference presentations by providing the attendees with a small glimpse into the rituals (tobacco burning & smudging ceremony) & practices (thanksgiving address & the give-away) associated with the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.
This trip was an awesome experience and provided an excellent opportunity to learn something about Kenya and the culture of African Indigenous people! 😀 So grateful and thankful are we……nyawehkowa!