Linda Goulet

 

linda-gouletDr. Goulet has been involved in Indigenous and anti-racism education with over twenty years experience in Indigenous teacher education. Her interest in Indigenous education goes beyond the professional since her husband is from the Nehinew (Swampy Cree) community of Cumberland House. She has presented at many local, national and international conferences­ as a single author as well as jointly with colleagues, students and Elders and has published books and many journal articles. She has been involved in evaluation projects in Indigenous communities including First Nations teacher education, Aboriginal Head Start programs and a school based Elders in Residence program. In addition to her teaching duties, she continues to work with First Nations students and their teachers using drama and the arts to explore social issues of health. Her work in drama grew out of her interest in exploring alternative approaches to engage Indigenous students in learning. She is currently co-authoring a book with her husband Keith entitled Kiskinaumatowin :  Indigenous Classroom Pedagogies to be published by UBC Press.

What is it about this project that excites and inspires you?

I love the way the youth respond in the workshop.  They change from tentative nervousness to open interaction and laughter with us and with each other.  I love the laughter that theatre games brings but also how it can facilitate a discussion of tough to talk about topics.

I also love the team I work with in this project.  They each have their strengths and unique ways but all are creative thinkers.

What is your favourite game to play in the workshops and why?

Circle dash. It is a game that involves individual decision making and action combined with negotiation of agreements with others.   It’s risky in a safe space and always lots of fun.  Finally, it is only a bit physically challenging so us old folks can almost keep up with the youth.

What other exciting and inspiring projects are you working on right now?

Who’s got time for anything else???? Seriously though, I am always inspired by the students I teach.  Right now I am teaching in the far north (provincially) in the Black Lake Denesuline First Nation.  It is exciting to work with students who speak English as a second language as they achieve success in a university program to become teachers of the children in their communities who have been taught by outsiders for so long.  These teacher education students are so fluent in their Dene language and have so much traditional Indigenous knowledge but are sometimes unaware that they know as much as they do and how much of that knowledge is applicable to education.

If you weren’t in your current position, what fun career would you be acting out in?

If I wasn’t a teacher (professor/researcher) I would love to be a space photographer, working with images from the Hubble space craft.  Either that or a potter, playing with clay.  

 

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