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Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary field grounded in the languages, histories, geographies, and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples

Indigenizing Education

Indigenizing Education: Overview

The release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report sparked increased efforts by colleges and institutes all across the country  to Indigenize curriculum and to make  Indigenous cultures more visible on campuses. The year 2016  saw the launch of many new programs as well as the opening of new Indigenous cultural facilities and gathering spaces, solidifying the commitment of college and institute in this area. Colleges and institutes outlined their commitments in CICan’s Indigenous Education Protocol, signed by 47 colleges and institutes across the country.  Kwantlen Polytechnic University is one of the signatories.

If you are interested in teaching Indigenous content in your classroom, you may wish to take an Indigenous Cultural Safety Care training.

Indigenizing Education: Web Resources

  1. Indigenous Foundations 
  2. First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC)
  3. Infusing Indigenous Perspectives in the K-12 Teaching
  4. Early Years Indigenous Cultural Safety Resource Guide
  5. We Learn Together: A resource for bringing Canadian Indigenous content into the classroom
  6. Blanket Exercise
  7. 100 Ways to Indiginize and Decolonize Academic Programs and Courses
  8. Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education - UBC
  9. Pulling Together: Indigenization Guides
  10. Land Based Resource Give A Way - Amy Parent

Indigenizing Education: DVDs and Streaming

  1. Adding Indigenous Content and Protecting Cultural Safety with Dr. X̱ʼunei Lance Twitchell - 1h - University Alaska Southeast Youtube
  2. Tips on Indiginization from Thompson Rivers - 5min clips - Streaming
  3. Nehinuw (Cree) Pedagogy with Linda and Keith Goulet - 1h 38min - SD68 Nanaimo Ladysmith Youtube


Book cover:  Wayi wah! : Indigenous pedagogies : an act for reconciliation and anti-racist education / Jo Chrona
Book cover: Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science
Book cover: Teaching Each Other: Nehinuw concepts and Indigenous pedagogies
Book cover: Decolonial Pedagogy: Examining site of resistance, resurgence, and renewal
Book cover: Colonized Classrooms
Book cover: Decolonizing Education
Book Cover: Learning and teaching together: Weaving Indigenous
Book cover: Indigenous education: new directions in theory and practice
Book cover: Creating space: my life and work in Indigenous education
Book cover: Indigenous Storywork: educating the heart, mind, body, and spirit