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Indigenous Scholar decolonizes sport by returning to a land-based way of learning – UM Today

by ahnationtalk on July 3, 202040 Views

July 2, 2020 — 

Researching land-based education models has faced new challenges since the pandemic for various reasons, including Indigenous communities utilizing their own security models to protect their vulnerable populations by minimizing who comes and goes onto reserve land. This hasn’t stopped Dr. Dan Henhawk from analyzing the different structures in society and how they have inhibited Indigenous people from participating in sport in relation to the land. If anything, it’s pushed his research to adapt to more research using technology as a communication component.

“Digital technology allows us to continue to share stories about Indigenous ways of being and knowing,” he said, “which is primarily what my research is rooted in.”

Growing up in the community of Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve, Dr. Henhawk comes from a Mohawk family and is a member of the Bear Clan. He is an Indigenous Scholar in the faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management with a passion for understanding the ways in which communities are engaging in and utilizing land-based education as a means of cultural resurgence.

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