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Protest as Pedagogy

Teaching, Learning, and Indigenous Environmental Movements


Gregory Lowan-Trudeau

Written during a time characterized by catalyzing Indigenous environmental movements such as Idle No More, political upheaval, and the final years of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Protest as Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning, and Indigenous Environmental Movements was motivated by Gregory Lowan-Trudeau’s personal experiences as an activist, educator, and researcher. Insights from interviews with activists and educators in a variety of school, community, and post-secondary contexts are presented in relation to teaching and learning during, and in response to, Indigenous environmental movements. Looking toward future possibilities, the rise of renewable energy development by Indigenous communities across Canada is also considered. Throughout Protest as Pedagogy, these inquiries are guided by a theoretical framework built on concepts such as decolonization, Herbert Marcuse’s repressive tolerance, Elliot Eisner’s three curricula, and broader fields of study such as social movement learning, critical media literacy, Indigenous media studies, and environmental communication.

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Names: Lowan-Trudeau, Gregory, author.

Title: Protest as pedagogy: teaching, learning, and indigenous

environmental movements / Gregory Lowan-Trudeau.

Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2019.

Series: [Re]thinking environmental education; v. 13 | ISSN 1949-0747

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2018029978 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3381-7 (hardback: alk. paper)

ISBN 978-1-4331-3380-0 (paperback: alk. paper)

ISBN 978-1-4331-6017-2 (ebook pdf)

ISBN 978-1-4331-6018-9 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-6019-6 (mobi)

Subjects: LCSH: Environmental education—Canada. | Environmentalism—Canada. |

Indigenous peoples—Education—Canada. | Critical pedagogy—Canada.

Classification: LCC GE90.C2 L68 | DDC 371.829/97071—dc23

LC record available at

DOI 10.3726/b14484

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Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available

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