The article suggests that a “critical pedagogy of place” aims to:
(a) identify, recover, and create material spaces and places that teach us how to live well in our total environments (reinhabitation); and (b) identify and change ways of thinking that injure and exploit other people and places (decolonization) (p.74)
When I read this quote I thought back to last year’s Treaty Ed camp where the keynote speaker said that we were celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday as if this land has only been here for 150 years. This quote really stuck with me because it is completely true that we fail to recognize that there was land and people here long before settler invaders came and established it as Canada. Celebrating Canada’s 150th was a perfect example of having a lack of knowledge of our place. I believe it is important to fully understand our connection to this place and the true history of it and educate our future students about it properly.
Considering place in a physical education class may be done through meaningful experiences in outdoor education. We must steer away from superficial experiences that attempt to teach about place such as canoe trips because canoe trips only scratch the surface. We need to educate ourselves to find a deeper meaning of place and we can do that through learning opportunities like treaty ed camp and through learnings from Elders. I was not fortunate enough to have place meaningfully incorporated into my learning experiences, so it is my job to educate my future students properly and not deprive them from the education they need to learn.