Mark Connell

Biography

Mark is currently an Instructor / Faculty Advisor with the Yukon Native Teacher Education Program, run collaboratively by both Yukon College and the University of Regina. Before joining the YNTEP team, he worked for 15 years as a Dept. Head, Coordinator and classroom teacher at Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Whitehorse.

Mark’s priorities as an educator have been shaped though his involvement in numerous local and international social justice and human rights initiatives. His graduate work at OISE (University of Toronto) explored a pedagogical approach that seeks to reveal how the violence of colonial relationships continues to be expressed within educational contexts, while also locating meaningful opportunities for solidarity, social justice and agency within these institutions. In the past year, Mark has presented to Yukon Teachers, Yukon Principals, The Council of Yukon First Nations and at a national conference on the topic of “Decolonizing the Classroom”.

Presentation Topics

Breakout Session # 1: Decolonization as an Ethical Necessity in the Workplace
Breakout Session # 2: Decolonization as an Ethical Necessity in the Workplace