Increasing Awareness & Welcoming
“Inclusion of Aboriginal community is key to ensuring active participation and ownership in effecting the required change. In order to create systemic change, public post-secondary institutions and Aboriginal communities will need to work in partnership, in relationships based on mutual respect, to identify opportunities and to ensure that First Nations, Métis and Inuit knowledge systems, language and culture are respected in research and curriculum change processes.” ~Aboriginal Post Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan: 2020 Vision for the Future, BC Ministry of Advanced Education, p. 18
The number of students who self-identify as indigenous has slightly increased each year since 2010. The Ministry of Advanced Education through its Policy Framework and Action Plan has set out some ambitious goals for BC post-secondary institutions including systemic change, reduced financial barriers and continuous improvement based on research and data-tracking.
Regional Opportunities for Learning
Related Project at Selkirk College
The Teaching and Learning Institute and Aboriginal Services at Selkirk College collaborate on professional development and activities for staff that help them make indigenous students feel welcome and also increase awareness of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people in our non-indigenous students.
- September/October 2015 - UBC EDx FREE course Reconciliaton through Indigneous Education
- September 2015 - Truth and Reconciliation Week – Gathering Place
- October 23rd 2015 – Crossing Over – Indigenous Practices for Educators, Grand Forks, BC
- February, 2016 – Dr. Jeanette Armstrong, Canada Research Chair in Okanagan Indigenous Knowledge – MIR Centre Lecture