The roots of contemporary work and learning policy in Wood Buffalo: an analysis through the lens of racism and colonialism
(Tracy L. Friedel, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, University of British Columbia; Alison Taylor, Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta)
The current discourse of education and training partnerships purports to make economic and social liberation for Native individuals a reality. Yet, this solution has a long trajectory in Canada, linked as it is to colonial-era ideologies and past policies focused on the assimilation of Canada's Indigenous peoples.

Educating for Democratic Citizenship in an Oil-dependent Economy
(Andrew Hodgkins, PhD Candidate, Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta)
This presentation begins by critically assessing the current promotion of oil sands through professional and curriculum development offered to educators and students in the K-12 school system. As an alternative, I present energy and environmental literacy programs that have been developed by teachers and successfully incorporated into classrooms as examples of practical and effective ways to promote democratic citizenship while simultaneously fulfilling components of the Alberta school curriculum.

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