Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies
Coordinator, Ts’’kel Program
MET Courses: ETEC 521
Web / Social: http://edst.educ.ubc.ca/facultystaff/michael-marker/
“I have been teaching ETEC 521 in the MET since the program began. It is the only course I teach in the program. I have also served on the MET Executive since I began teaching in the program. I worked with advisors and developers to create ETEC 521: Indigeneity, Technology, and Education to both advance Indigenous thought and content in the MET program and to introduce graduate students to emergent conversations and scholarship in Indigenous media and technologies.
Introducing graduate students to Indigenous knowledge systems and place based understandings of the natural world has been challenging in a context of digital “placeless-ness.” While the course is cross culturally challenging, it is also rewarding because of the enthusiasm and the respectful, advanced thinking MET students bring to this online context. My own research has focused on the history and cosmology of the bordered/borderless Coast Salish world. I have woven much of my own research and ongoing questions about the deep meaning of places and the often violent disruptions of settler colonialism into the course.”