FLO MicroCourse: Decolonizing Pedagogies – Reframing the Ways We Teach
Sep 23 – Sep 27 all-day

About the MicroCourse:  

Join us for this free one-week Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) MicroCourse offering you opportunities to reframe some of the pedagogical approaches that could be hindering your journey towards reconciliation. FLO MicroCourse

Each day will introduce a new approach or resource aimed at weaving Indigenous perspectives into our practice, fostering decolonization and expanding our teaching repertoire.  

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Become acquainted with the B.C. Government’s distinctions-based approach. 
  • Reflect on what hinders us, and what motivates us, to do the work of decolonization and reconciliation. 
  • Share similarities and differences in our practice. 
  • Create visions for the future based on our individual contexts and collective aspirations.

While most of the learning will happen asynchronously, we have one optional synchronous session planned on Wednesday, September 25, 2024, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.  

To get the most out of this learning experience, participants should expect to invest 2.5 asynchronous hours each day to review and reflect on the course materials and resources. 

Register now!

This notice is to inform you that this session will be recorded, archived, and made available publicly on By participating in this session, you acknowledge that your participation in this session will be recorded and the recording will be made available openly.

About the Facilitator: 

Your FLO facilitator for this course is Dr. Carmen Rodriguez de France.  

Carmen (she/her) is of Indigenous heritage from the Kickapoo Nation in Northeast México. She acknowledges the privilege and responsibilities she holds for living on the land of the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation, and the lək̓ʷəŋən people from the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations in the province of British Columbia. Born and raised in Monterrey, Carmen is a member of the Department of Indigenous Education at the University of Victoria, where her teaching and research focus on social justice, anti-racist education, and the experiences of in-service and pre-service teachers. Carmen’s career in education spans almost 40 years, previously working as a teacher in Mexico. She is expanding her work outside academia as a consultant for a variety of organizations such as the National Film Board, Intercultural Association of Victoria, and the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of B.C. 

Wayi Wah! Building Stronger Education Systems Through Indigenous-Informed Pedagogies and Anti-Racist Education
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for a special gathering for educators, instructional designers, and curriculum developers from across Vancouver Island. The one-day, in-person workshop led by author, Jo Chrona is a partnership with BCcampus, Royal Roads University, and Deloitte.

As we respond to the United Nations Declarations on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we continue to engage in challenging conversations about inequity and systemic racism in education. This event provides a platform to have some challenging conversations around Jo Chrona’s book, Wayi Wah! Indigenous Pedagogies: An Act for Reconciliation and Anti-Racist Education. Together, we’ll explore how to incorporate Indigenous pedagogy into learning design, supporting a stronger education system rooted in cultural understanding.

In a combination of presentation and small group work and discussions, we will explore:

  • The intersections between Indigenous education and anti-racism in our systems,
  • How Indigenous-informed pedagogies can help create stronger education experiences for all,
  • What it can mean for each of us to move from fear, to learning, to growth,
  • How we can understand the roles of fear and bias in our work, and
  • How we can build on relationships and use our spheres of influence to create meaningful change.

Please note this is an in-person event, and it will not be streamed. While participants are not required to read Wayi Wah! in advance, we encourage familiarizing yourself with its content.

Registrants can sign up for an optional walk starting at 2:30. Cowichan Elder Kenneth Elliott will take participants on an interpretive walk of Charlie’s Trail, graciously sharing his deep ancestral knowledge of forest flora passed down to him by his grandmother. He calls the walk “looking at the forest through my grandma’s eyes,” and through that lens, everything in the forest is either food, medicine, or a tool, and nothing is taken for granted or without gratitude. Participants should wear appropriate clothing and footwear. It is described as a moderate walk, especially when wet. The interpretive walk will be between 60 and 90 minutes in length.

Registration coming soon!

Please register using your B.C. post-secondary email. This is a regional workshop with a focus on Vancouver Island, but members of the greater B.C. post-secondary community are welcome to attend. As this is a free event with limited capacity, please contact us in advance if you can no longer attend the event so we can make the spot available to others.

About the Facilitator:

A middle-aged Indigenous woman with shoulder-length brown hair, bangs, and black rimmed glasses.
Jo Chrona

Jo Chrona is a speaker, education consultant, Indigenous education advocate, and the author of Wayi Wah! Indigenous Pedagogies: An Act for Reconciliation and Anti-Racist Education (2022). Jo is Ganhada of Waap K’oom, a member of the Kitsumkalum First Nation, a Ts’msyen community in British Columbia, and has European ancestry. She lives on Salt Spring Island, on the traditional territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Tsawout) and Quw’utsun.

Jo’s professional experience includes over 25 years teaching in both the K-12 and post-secondary systems in B.C., working as a policy analyst and curriculum manager for the First Nations Education Steering Committee, an advisor to B.C.’s Ministry of Education, and a faculty associate in Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) teacher education program. Jo has also been involved in curriculum development and resource writing, professional learning through inquiry networks, and Indigenous education. She participated in various aspects of educational transformation in B.C.’s K-12 system and the development of Indigenous education policies, and managed and contributed to the development of authentic Indigenous teacher resource guides. She is exploring the connections between Indigenous-informed pedagogies and authentic assessment.

Jo has a Bachelor of Arts from SFU, a diploma in education from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and a Master of Educational Technology from UBC. Jo is passionate about helping create systemic change in education systems to create truly inclusive, high-quality, strength-based education experiences for all learners. She consults and provides professional learning sessions focusing on the intersections of Indigenous education and anti-racism.


This event is brought to you in partnership by BCcampus, Royal Roads University, and Deloitte.
Royal Roads University logo Deloitte logo