Decolonizing the Academy: Trans-systemic Transformations

This presentation will focus on the mandates, challenges and tensions of Indigenization and reconciliation arising from what counts as knowledge, how Indigenous knowledges differ from Eurocentric disciplinary knowledges, and how Indigenous faculty and students must navigate diverse knowledges and systems often to their detriment. Dr. Battiste will explain the diverse ways Indigenization is practiced across Canada in universities and why decolonizing knowledges in curricula and decolonizing systems matter to universities.

Dr. Marie Battiste is a Mi’kmaw educator from the Potlotek First Nation and from Aroostook Band of Micmacs in Maine. A Professor Emerita at the University of Saskatchewan, she has returned to Nova Scotia and is currently a Special Advisor to the Vice President Academic at Cape Breton University on Decolonizing the Academy.  She holds a B.S. degree from the University of Maine at Farmington and graduate degrees from Harvard and Stanford universities, and has been honoured with four honorary degrees (UMaine Farmington, St.Mary’s, Thompson Rivers, and Ottawa).

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