No Shame at AIME

Year: 2016

Author: Harwood, Valerie, McMahon, Sam, , AIME Partnership Team

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

There’s no shame at AIME eh! This is an important phrase and premise used by the AIME staff and mentors within the AIME program to engage Indigenous school students to complete year 12. AIME deliberately encourages Indigenous students to embody the notion that there is no shame in being Indigenous, especially in their capacity to learn and achieve at school. A number of the Indigenous student’s stories from a yarning methodology were explored in relation to this motto. A particular focus for this presentation and paper was to investigate the students’ stories to identify aligning or relational pedagogical strategies utilized by AIME. Thus exploring how AIME contributes to disrupting patterns of colonial interferences on identity, shame and deficit thinking modeled and practiced towards Indigenous student’s education. At the same time reducing negative internalization of identity linked to learning through ‘shame’ in the school context. To help us achieve this examination we tapped into the pattern of knowledge that derives from Country in relationship with Western knowledge. Country is part of the writing team as it was observed and incorporated into the writing process because Country is a living entity that holds Indigenous knowledge. AIME is very conscious of respectfully building students self and educational confidence through inventive practice and Indigenous concepts of relationships and so did this paper and presentation.