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date: 23 October 2020

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This article examines the risks and possibilities of an explicitly transformative pedagogy based on the author’s personal experience as a non-Native teacher of Aboriginal literature in Canada. The author, a first-generation immigrant from Germany, takes into account her own subject position as a non-Native teacher and explains how she fully engages those of students and the texts themselves. She uses two fictional characters, Helmut Walking Eagle in Emma Lee Warrior’s short story “Compatriots” and Herr Schwarzkopf in Tomson Highway’s novel Kiss of the Fur Queen, in her classes to lead up to her self-location, as well as to draw attention to oppression and victimization. She believes that the pedagogy in her classroom is part of—and hopefully makes a contribution to—the larger pedagogical project colonizer-allies are involved in: the education of Canadian society.

Keywords: pedagogy, Aboriginal literature, Canada, Emma Lee Warrior, Tomson Highway, Kiss of the Fur Queen, self-location, oppression, colonizer-allies, non-Native teacher

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