This past block I took a course called Global Perspectives with a tutor named Bianca. The course is part of the Foundation program at Quest, and each Global Perspectives course varies depending on the tutor teaching it. Some tutors have special topics that set the focus to their class. In the case of the one I took, the material focused on Indigenous rights and International law. I must say that until now it’s among my top two favourite classes at Quest. Bianca was very energetic and passionate, which made the class engaged and emotionally invested in the issues that we were examining. Towards the last week of the block we went on an excursion to Whistler to visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.
The cultural centre is an educational interactive museum where you get the opportunity to learn more about the Squamish and Lil’Wat Nations. The most important aspect of this experience was that we learned from the people that belong to the indigenous community, rather than from biased textbook explanations. Being in classroom gave us the necessary background and tools to understand and appreciate more when learning from our tour guide.
I don’t want to give much away just in case you one day decide to take the class, but among some of the activities that we got to do at the cultural center were: making our own bracelets out of cedar wood, experience some of the traditional attires from both Squamish and Lil’ Wat Nations, dance to traditional music, admire interesting exhibitions and taste some of the cultural food at the cultural center’s cafeteria.
Getting outside the classroom and experiencing the course material in real life was truly enriching for my education and I loved how the block plan’s flexibility allowed for this excursion to happen so easily without me having to worry about homework from other subjects. Learning is always improved by a combination of different activities, but specifically for classes like this one, where human rights are involved, going to the outside world and making it all tangible is vital to our understanding of different cultures and perspectives.