Make Your Mind Strong: My Father’s Insights into Academic Success


  • Sara Florence Davidson University of British Columbia


Through a series of interviews, I learned how my father drew upon his family’s and community’s teachings, which were deeply rooted in traditional Haida pedagogy, to achieve success. I reflected on his stories and their connections and the work of other Indigenous scholars in the field of education to thematically organize the teachings that he shared. I came to understand seven important principles of traditional Haida pedagogy: learning is authentic; learning involves making a contribution; learning occurs through observation; learning involves curiosity; learning involves aspects of spirituality and protocol; learning involves the importance of visualization; and learning involves the connection between mind and heart.

Author Biography

Sara Florence Davidson, University of British Columbia

PhD Candidate

Department of Language and Literacy




How to Cite

Davidson, S. F. (2016). Make Your Mind Strong: My Father’s Insights into Academic Success. Canadian Journal of Education/Revue Canadienne De l’éducation, 39(2), 1–21. Retrieved from