Living Biocultures: A Framework for Building Sustainable Community Well-Being, Resilience and Innovation

  • Yessica D. Rostan AellenEmail author


This chapter explores anti-colonial biocultural frameworks in the context of schooling in Tkaronto. It unpacks the concept of biopower and describes schooling in Canada as a mechanism that reproduces colonial biocultures, material systems and ideas about being Alive. I describe an anti-colonial biocultura framework as a theory, praxis and pedagogical tool that combines key concepts from anti-colonial theory and Indigenous/ancestral, Land- and place-based biocultural knowledges. I identify the need to ground learning in the real world and Community in order to build sustainable relationships that lead to solutions, highlighting the importance of Land- and place-based actions. I envision what it might look like to build thriving Schools-as-Biocultural-Community-Learning-Centres, working with the diverse biocultural knowledges of People in our Communities, honouring the Indigenous biocultures of Turtle Island and building wellness, resilience, and innovation in the Living Communities we take part in.


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  1. 1.Ontario Institute for Studies in EducationUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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