Congratulations to the team from Thompson Rivers University for their collaborative project entitled “Knowledge Makers”.

The team members are Elder Mike Arnouse, Elder Doreen Kenoras, Elder Estella Patrick Moller, Dr Margaret Vickers Hyslop, Paul Michel, Professor Rod McCormick, Vernie Clement, Joanne Brown, Dr Sereana Naepi, Dean Airini, Dean Chris Adam, Misty Antoine, Dr Lisa Bourque Bearskin, Sheila Blackstock, Baihua Chadwick, Associate Professor Natalie Clark, Dean Tom Dickinson, Dean Doug Ellis, Troy Fuller, Dr James Gaisford, Kathy Gaynor, Garry Gottfriedson, Dean Michael Henry, Associate Professor Shelly Johnson, June Kelly, Brian Lamb, Donald Lawrence, Crystalyn Lemieux, Roxane Letterlough, Associate Professor Courtney Mason, Tina Matthew, Dean Rick McCutcheon, Donna McGrath, Dean Brad Morse, Dean Donna Murnahagn, Dr Mahtab Nazemi, Associate Vice-President Don Poirier, Dean Baldev Pooni, Karie Russell, Dr Darlene Sanderson, Dr Sandra Vermuellen, and Professor Emeritus Patrick Walton.

Knowledge Makers is a collaborative teaching initiative where Indigenous students learn how to research, and how to publish research, as Indigenous researchers. Based at Thompson Rivers University, the program brings together up to 15 Indigenous undergraduate students each year from across the university to learn how to ‘make knowledge’ through a multi-modal approach. Since 2015 close to 40 university leaders, Elders, faculty, staff, and community members have contributed to this non-credit, four-month annual program. Collaborative teaching in Knowledge Makers is a process of working together to achieve a common goal: strong, focused, confident published Indigenous researchers. Features of the collaboration between team members include: Elder-led learning, an online learning platform (Knowledge Makers e-portfolio), research methods and methodologies workshop, mentoring by experienced Indigenous researchers, project-based learning resulting in the publication of reviewed journal articles, one on one supervision, and Indigenous learning and teaching approaches.

The Alan Blizzard Award was established to encourage, identify, and publicly recognize those whose exemplary collaboration in teaching enhances student learning. The Award honours Dr. Alan Blizzard, STLHE President from 1987 to 1995, and his convictions about the effectiveness of collaboration in team teaching for student learning. The Award seeks to make visible and disseminate scholarship of teaching and learning, based on the values and practices of collaborative teaching.

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