Popular Podagogy: Truth and Reconciliation
    Chris Carlton

    Talking about innovation in teaching and education, Popular Podagogy! Discussions that are topical and sometimes philosophical, Popular Podagogy! Popular Podagogy! Hi there, thanks for joining us and welcome to another episode of Popular Podagogy, where we try to bring big ideas in teaching and education to life.

    I'm your host, Chris Carlton, and this podcast is being brought to you by the Faculty of Education at Queen's University.

    Welcome to our podcast. In this episode, I am excited to be speaking with Lauren Smart Lample, who is the Indigenous Teacher Education Program Coordinator at Queen's Faculty of Education. We will be discussing Indigenous language in the classroom and some ways our listeners can bring Indigeneity into the classroom each day.

    The Indigenous Education Program, ITEP, provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to specialize in Indigenous education and qualifies graduates for Ontario College of Teachers certifications. Lauren completed the ITEP program in 2017. And after finishing the program, she taught on the East Coast for six years before moving back to Kingston to be closer to family and begin her job as the Indigenous Teacher Education Program Coordinator at Queen's Faculty of Education.

    She is currently also working on her Master's of Education in World Indigenous Studies in Education here at Queen's. Lauren, welcome to the podcast. Thank you. Thank you. Learn smart young yet.

    Lauren

    Hey Chris. Thank you for having me. Um, my name is Lauren Smart Lampo. I am of the Mohawk Nation. I am from, uh, Conte, also known as t Nega, Mohawk territory, and I live in, uh, Kingston, Ontario. And I sit with the Bear Clan in our longhouse. Welcome, Lauren. And I've got the advantage because Lauren and I have the fortunate opportunity to work together.

    Well, I have the fortunate opportunity of working with her through the summer ITEP program here at Queen's. And you have been very patient, Lauren, with me as I try to become better at greeting my students in their specific Indigenous language. in this program. I have a very limited Indigenous vocabulary and have been known to struggle with pronunciation, as we did earlier just now.

    So I was wondering if before we start, you could help me learn the phrase, Hello, my name is Chris, which I could use for the program as well. Yeah, absolutely. So, in Mohawk or K'anien'keha, when we introduce ourself in the language, we start by saying Tsego, which is just a generic greeting. Um, you could also say Tsego Tsewekwego, which is hello to you all.

    Um, and then to say, my name is Chris, you say Chris Yungets. So together, it'll sound like, Saygo Saywe Gwego, Chris Yungets. So I'm going to try the Saygo by itself. Just the baby steps here, Lauren. Saygo, Chris. Very good. Oh, wow. Okay, there we go. I'm going to keep practicing. I'm going to actually write it down as well.

    Um, so Lauren, you taught out east in Halifax, which is one of my favorite places in the world. I just love out east. Uh, you taught there for six years before taking on this new role at Queens. Um, can you talk about your experience teaching in 2021 when the remains of 215 children were found buried at a former BC residential school?

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