Decolonizing Indigenous Education: An Amazigh/Berber by Si Belkacem Taieb (auth.)

By Si Belkacem Taieb (auth.)

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However, even with the best guides, only I can, and must, walk the path of my genealogy. The answers are in my blood as much as on the land. That journey makes me honor the names of my father, my Ojibwe—adoptive father, and my grandfathers. From my student identity in the library of Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, to the anonymity in Tizi Ouzou, one of the biggest cities in the Kabyle province, I am drawn into the spiral of conscientization, awareness, and learning that brings me closer to my village.

The medicine wheel places us in an interconnected system of sharing, where all of us can be ourselves and bring our full participation to the world. I learned about the medicine wheel from Grandfather William Commanda, the spiritual chief of the Algonquin nation. Grandfather William was the teacher of the Innu family I lived with in Northern Quebec. The four teachings of the medicine wheel: Healing, Community, Wisdom, and Vision, also represent the four directions, East, South, West, and North.

The different layers of culture that shape the message’s meanings, interpretations, and actions all contribute to the body and soul of the narrative I present here.  Writing Home from Abroad: Canada I am in Canada, engaged in writing a book about my journey back home. I am dismembering myself, and I feel totally stretched between the four geopolitical locations that this inquiry covers. I feel as if I am dislocated in an inquiry that pulls me in four directions: France, Algeria, Canada, and Aotearoa.

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