Building respectful and relevant relationships

One of the goals of the Indigenization project was to co-create open educational resources that support faculty and staff with the incorporation of Indigenous epistemologies into professional practice, enabling post-secondary institutions to continue to build the structures and processes by which Indigenous students experience their post-secondary education in resonance with their own lives, worldviews, and ambitions.

Supporting the systemic change happening across post-secondary institutions with decolonization, reconciliation, and Indigenization, the open education resources include a Foundation guide and audience-specific guides, to include leaders and administrators; teachers and instructors; front-line staff, advisors and student services; researchers; and curriculum developers.

Community involvement

“Pulling Together: A Guide for Indigenization of Post-Secondary Institutions;  A Professional Learning Series” is a set of professional learning guides that are a result of a collaboration between BCcampus, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, and a Steering Committee of Indigenous education leaders. The content in these guides is authored by teams of Indigenous and ally writers from across B.C.

The Steering Committee was formed to help us achieve our objectives and ensure we are aligned with the communities we are committed to supporting. The committee benefited from the experience, perspective, opinion, and voice of Indigenous education leaders from B.C. universities, colleges, and institutes, the First Nations Education Steering Committee, the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association, and Métis Nation British Columbia.

The Steering Committee led the project in collaboration with Dianne Biin (seconded from Camosun College by BCcampus), including a process for identifying the audiences and framework for the learning series.

Pulling Together Learning Series

The guides are living resources that can be adapted and localized, offering instruction and best practices that the post-secondary institutions of B.C. can use to Indigenize their institutions. The resources are intended to augment the existing training currently offered through the institutions, recognizing that place-based Indigenous knowledges, languages, and practices are reflected in the localized delivery of Indigenized learning resources.

In September 2018, we proudly shared the learning guides:

The guides are currently available and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial 4.0 International License.

To view additional resources created during the project, such as the environmental scan, audience profiles, process documents, and Métis bibliography, visit the BCcampus open repository.