Kahnawake’s Donna Goodleaf Decolonizing Concordia’s Education
Written by Paul on November 28, 2019
A former Director of the Kanien’keha:ka Onkwawen:na Raotitiohkwa Language and Cultural Center (KOR) in Kahnawake is advancing Indigenous education beyond Kahnawake’s borders through her new job. Donna Kaherakwas Goodleaf has been named to the newly created job of Director of decolonizing curriculum and pedagogy at Concordia University. “Working with faculty to critique their courses, their curriculum that they teach in all different academic units. And to examine to what extent their courses have integrated indigenous perspectives in to their content and also to what degree?” Goodleaf said.
Goodleaf has spent the last year and half at Concordia as the interim senior director of Indigenous Directions. That job is now being assumed by Manon Tremblay, a Plains Cree woman. Goodleaf previously served as director of the KOR from 2004-11.