In the reading from this week learning from place, Restoule et al (2013) identify Reinhabitation and Decolonization. Restoule et al define reinhabitation as the goal to identify, recover, and create material spaces and places that teach us how to live well in
our total environments. They define decolonization as the goal to identify and change ways of thinking that injure and exploit other people and places. Reinhabitation and Decolonization depend on each other.
A couple places where reinhabitation and decolonization happening throughout the paper. The documentary project addressed on pg. 74 is an example of reinhabitation because the Kistachowan
(Albany) river is a place that can help teach about identity and how to live in a certain area. Also, this project looks at social, cultural and economic impacts. The project also had the youth involved and working together which builds relationships. Restoule et al looked at youth in this community that had to re-learn what their ancestors knew; this is a sign that decolonization is taking place. Restoule et al looked at the environment and what the people have to re-learn because the information was forgotten through the process of colonization.
This type of work has implications in the classroom. I feel that as a teacher we must try to incorporate the different ways of knowing and address ways to foster an environment where Reinhabitation and Decolonization can take place. Social studies take on an important role because teachers have to teach that past. The past will look different through the lens of Reinhabitation and Decolonization but it is important to notice these differences and teach accordingly.