Increasing Awareness & Welcoming
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. Responses at the college have included professional development with Dianne Biin of Camosun College, Shawn Wilson and Dr. Fyre Jean Graveline. A community of practice meets regularly to share best practices.
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