(Common Bowl) of Knowledge Mobilization Project
Welcome to the Education 311 blog for our Sayt-k'il'hl wo'osim' (Common Bowl) Knowledge Mobilization
Project.This blog introduces some of the work of our Education 311: Introduction to Aboriginal Education,
Culture, and Language in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University.
Our class, would like to acknowledge the Coast Salish Peoples and their Ancestors by thanking them for
allowing us to study in one of the most beautiful places in the world, where sky, ocean and mountains meet.
We acknowledge our privilege to be guests in their unceded territory. T’ooyaḵsiy̓ nism!
In our class, we explored how to respectfully and meaningfully engage in an inquiry process to deepen understandings of Indigenous knowledges, perspectives and pedagogies in our practice. We drew upon
the Nisga’a concept of the Sayt-k’il̓hl w̓o’osim̓, which means “Our Common Bowl”, given our facilitator’s
(Amy Parent’s) cultural ancestry. The Nisga’a people have always organized their lives and society around
a concept called According to Chief Joe Gosnell (2003) “understanding this concept means that since
everyone relies on the same resources and community, all must contribute. It is about sharing energy,
wisdom, spirit, joy, sadness, and it touches all aspects of life” (para. 52). We extended this principle into our
course so that we could share our resources in the spirit of cooperation and reciprocity for our common bowl
through this knowledge mobilization blog. It is our intent for this blog to be of assistance to our communities, educators and schools.
The categories buttons below will guide you to a number of resource summaries of books, video’s, websites,
lesson plans and projects that cover several themes related to Indigenous epistemology and curriculum.
Feel free to share and comment as you explore our blog. We hope that you find this blog useful in your work.