Decolonizing & Restoring Indigeneity to Lacrosse
This article elicited valuable discussion around equity, anti-racism, and decolonization in sport. My colleagues and I understood the importance and value that comes with declaring one’s positionality within health and physical education. We recognized how our lived experiences directly impact how we conceptualize the world and the ways we express our personal and teaching identities. This, interwoven with the awe-striking realization of Lacrosse’s significance to the Haudenosaunee First Nations and their creation story, allowed us to critically think about our experiences with sport and how they may be representative of past as well as present oppression of Indigenous and other marginalized people. In this specific sport example, we examined the theme of savagery versus civility and the critical role of perspective. This directly relates to epistemology and what we deem worthy of teaching. We asked ourselves to be cognizant of the information we choose to leave out; specifically if it would prove to incorporate a wider understanding of a healthy living topic or a physical activity focused topic. While each group member is at their own level of comprehension, simply by having the courage to join in the conversation shows that they are committed to expanding their minds beyond the narrow view of their own lived experiences. Collectively, we understood that decolonizing education requires constant effort but the outcome of creating inclusive classrooms and curriculum as well as nurturing socially conscious students makes it worth it.