Module 4: Reflections & Actions

Your Next Steps  

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The reflections and actions suggested here will help you achieve the learning outcomes of this module. You may also wish to undertake additional next steps based on ideas that have come up for you during this section.

Take the time that you need to do your own thinking and work related to this module’s topics. We invite you to capture your thoughts in written form and/or speak to individuals or groups in your social and work circles about what you are learning.

Suggested Reflections

  1. Review the section on Critical Self-Location. Imagine you are approaching a community in the work you do. Based on some of the points brought up in this section, how would you introduce yourself to a community partner? What are some insights you would now consider after reviewing the concept of critical self-location?
  2. Reflect upon your relationship with the Land. Do you have a favourite place that holds personal significance to you? Reflect upon how your relationship to the Land informs your professional practice within climate mitigation and ecological adaptation.
  3. Write your name on a piece of paper. Then write the names of your most significant relationships in your life around your name. Next, write a list of your most important values, characteristics, passions and interests. Perhaps take time to reflect upon your gifts unique to you, add them to your paper. Write a list of important characteristics of your identity and other attributes that define you. Take a look at this visual representation of your critical-self location constellation. How can this representation change over time? How can this illustration offer insight to how you self-locate in the work you do?

Suggested Actions  

  1. Make a list of resources, including local course opportunities, workshops and or events that you can attend to continue your learning. Attend at least one additional event to supplement this learning module, with the commitment to continue learning and relationship building in the work that you do?
  2. Familiarize yourself with the Indigenous educators on your community or region. Take the time to learn about the lands that your learning institution is on, and what relationships your learning or work institution maintains with local governance and Knowledge keepers. This could include Indigenous educators and academics at colleges and universities, Indigenous organizations, and webinars. Imagine as if you were asked in a public venue what your working relationship is with local Nations, how would you be able to answer?
  3. Learning requires steadfast commitment, care and effort. Take the time to review the significant resource Pulling Together: A Guide for Indigenization. This is a great place to continue your commitment to the decolonization and Indigenization of your work within climate mitigation. Reflect and identify upon a place of practice (professional, community, family etc.) where this can be shared in a community of practice.
  4. Develop a reading list featuring Indigenous authors and knowledge keepers in relation to Land-based knowledge. Develop your list over time and center these voices in your future research and project formation.
  5. Decolonization begins at the kitchen table! Take time to reflect upon this content with your family and build a list on how you can engage with some of these topics in your own home.


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