53 episodes

Root & STEM explores issues and storytelling with artists, journalists, teachers and communities engaged in STEAM-focused projects. Hear their unique stories, learn about new technologies, and discover how science, technology, engineering, arts, and math are enabling change for communities across Canada.

The Root & STEM Podcast Pinnguaq

    • Education

Root & STEM explores issues and storytelling with artists, journalists, teachers and communities engaged in STEAM-focused projects. Hear their unique stories, learn about new technologies, and discover how science, technology, engineering, arts, and math are enabling change for communities across Canada.

    Jon Corbett: Decolonizing The Computer Space

    Jon Corbett: Decolonizing The Computer Space

    On this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Indigenous computational media artist, computer programmer & professor at Simon Fraser University, Jon Corbett, shares his journey in creating a programming language that reflects the values of his Cree culture. He begins by defining programming using unique comparisons to relatable life experiences (00:53). He then describes how programming is fundamentally colonial (05:16). Jon explains how the Western relationship between time and money has forced computerware to ignore his cultural values (09:45), before describing digital beadwork and the art piece he created with Indigenous values in mind (15:00). Finally, Jon echoes the importance of decolonizing computer spaces while sharing the steps in his journey of creating his culture-reflective coding language called Cree# (24:16), before wrapping up by offering some wisdom to aspiring digital artists and programmers (37:12).
    Jon's Website: joncorbett.ca
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    • 40 min
    Louise Bernice Halfe: A Poetic Life

    Louise Bernice Halfe: A Poetic Life

    Former Parliamentary Poet Laureate Louise Bernice Halfe shares her story of poetry and healing on this episode of the Root & STEM Podcast. Louise begins by thinking back to the origins of her love for writing (01:10) and shares where she draws inspiration from (06:30). She explains what works to preserve Cree language (10:23), before offering some honest guidance to those with aspirations of being a poet (12:22). Finally, Louise describes how literacy expands beyond reading and writing and how it can enhance learning (19:48).

    • 21 min
    Jocelyn Malla: Healing and Learning Using Music

    Jocelyn Malla: Healing and Learning Using Music

    In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, educator, musician and winner of the 2022 Qilaut songwriting contest, Jocelyn Malla explores the importance of music in literacy education, language preservation, and self-healing. She shares the meaning behind her award-winning song Kajjaarijara (00:53) and how her love for creating music started (03:29). Jocelyn describes her reaction to winning the contest and how it has changed her life for the better (04:47), before explaining how music has helped teach and strengthen Inuktitut in youth in her experience as a teacher (08:12). Finally, Jocelyn shares how she uses music in her kindergarten classroom (09:33), before stressing the importance of music as a healing process and way of preserving Inuktitut literacy.

    • 14 min
    Andrew McConnell: Promoting Indigenous Voices in Education (Part 2)

    Andrew McConnell: Promoting Indigenous Voices in Education (Part 2)

    In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, we hear from Andrew McConnell, the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Coordinator for the YRDSB, once again as he shares the importance of Indigenous knowledge and voices in youth learning. He explains how the language we use can affect the validity of Indigenous science (00:27). Andrew describes the importance of incorporating a compulsory high school language credit focused on Indigenous texts (05:25), before sharing his opinion in contrast to critics who don’t believe there is room in the curriculum for Indigenous studies (10:34). Finally, Andrew offers guidance to educators who look to include Indigenous perspectives in their teaching (14:52)

    • 18 min
    Andrew McConnell: Promoting Indigenous Voices in Education (Part 1)

    Andrew McConnell: Promoting Indigenous Voices in Education (Part 1)

    On this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Andrew McConnell, the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Coordinator for the YRDSB, shares the importance of Indigenous knowledge and voices in youth learning. He identifies the areas in which the education of youth and adolescents can be enhanced to include the viewpoints of various Indigenous communities (01:41). Andrew describes why non-Indigenous educators teaching Indigenous ideas fall short (10:18), before explaining how a change in pedagogy can assist in creating a deeper understanding of Indigenous science and ideas in students (15:00).

    • 22 min
    Sherisse Richards: Turning Programming into Community Storytelling

    Sherisse Richards: Turning Programming into Community Storytelling

    In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Pinnguaq’s digital skills educator, Sherisse Richards, shares how Scratch–a programming language–can help educators teach students about coding, storytelling, and animation. She explains what Scratch is, how it can be used, and why it’s gained global popularity (00:49). She dives into Scratch’s core uses beyond programming education, including digital literacy, language, and logical reasoning (03:00). Sherisse highlights the support and resources offered for Scratch users to ensure a barrier-free learning experience, including ways Scratch can be utilized for those without consistent access to internet or technological devices (06:30). She also shares her own experiences delivering STEAM workshops to different communities (07:45). Finally, Sherisse shares some digital resources created for Scratch educators by Pinnguaq, including the Inuktitut Digital Literacy Game Engine and a Teacher’s Guide (11:04), before imparting some advice for first-time Scratch users (15:33).

    • 16 min

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