Learning from Indigeneity:
Living Mathematics Education as Relational Practices
May 10 and May 17, 2023 Virtual
A tree forest canopy embraced this year’s theme – Learning from Indigeneity: Living Mathematics Education as Relational Practices. This forest canopy is growing to maximize and share light, minimize shading, and create gaps for sunlight to reach the forest floor. It reminds us, as educators and learners, of possibilities that arise, when we care for each other. Trees chat among themselves. They share messages, nourishment, and wisdom. Trees remember; they can even distinguish stranger from kin. And, as this image shows, trees practice entanglement while at the same time support individual strength.
Trees, like land and place, can teach us as humans about ourselves and our relationships with others. Our theme spoke to teachings of land and place, of Indigenous philosophies rooted in relational practices, and of living intelligences within human and more-than-human worlds.
Learning from Indigeneity can support (re)membering educational practices rooted in relationships. Questions that guided our 2023 Symposium included: How might Indigeneity and placed ways of knowing help us unlearn colonial logics embedded in math education practices? How might (re)membering placed curriculum offer other ways of relating mathematically? How might place/land provide us with other ways of conceptualizing mathematics education and what counts as success, and thereby (re)imagine other kinds of practices?