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Teaching & Learning Resources at Camosun: Indigenization

"About us, with us."

Indigenization is a challenging word to define. At Camosun College we want to be thinking about Indigenization and decolonization as action words which center Authentic Indigenous Voices in curriculum content and in our pedagogical approaches. As Bill Montgomery, Haida Educator, succinctly states, "About us, with us." This is a priority in CETL as represented in the position Education Developer for Indigenization. Further, Queen's University Office of Indigenous Initiatives shares their definitions of decolonizing and Indigenizing with us. They say, 

If we think about decolonization as the un-doing or unsettling of colonial power and structures and ways of learning and teaching, then Indigenization can be seen as the re-doing or reaffirming of education to include Indigenous ways of knowing, thinking, feeling and being. It involves elevating the voices of Indigenous peoples, elevating traditional, and cultural knowledge, and intentional inclusion of Indigenous ways of teaching and learning to form and create pedagogical approaches.  ~Queen's University, Defining decolonizing and Indigenizing

If you are having a difficult time imagining Indigenization then imagine the absence of Indigenization. What does that absence look like, feel like? Once you have this in your mind, you can consider how Indigenization looks and feels. Integrating Indigenous ways of knowing and being as well as Indigenous laws and protocols are all part of this reimagining in the academy. Making space, practicing deep listening, respecting ourselves and our students are all aspects of Indigenizing post-secondary.


The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning offers and supports a number of guided workshops.

  • TELŦIN TŦE WILNEW Understanding Indigenous Peoples
  • Pulling Together: Indigenization Guide for Instructors Study Group
  • Indigenous Education Community of Practice
  • Working Together: Indigenizing your Course workshop series
  • The KAIROS Blanket Exercise
  • Learning on the Land
  • Tea with an Elder
  • Lunch and Learn '101s' 
  • One-one Instructor support with our Education Developer for Indigenization
  • ŚW̱,ȻENEṈITEL Doing Good Work Together

For more information or to register for upcoming offerings, please see our EVENTS CALENDAR.

Please view the Pulling Together: Indigenization Guides in our LibGuide for further information.

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'Paddling together' Camosun's ocean-going canoe with artist Dylan Thompson - June 2021

In Curriculog applicants are asked to respond in how their programming reflects Indigenization in context of Camosun's Indigenization goals. Specifically, how

  • Indigenous students see themselves and their realities reflected in the curriculum in which they engage.
  • Non-indigenous students come away from the college equipped with knowledge and processes that enable them to develop stronger and better-informed relationships with Indigenous peoples,

A further question asked is

  • Has the curriculum/teaching learning experience in this course been Indigenized? Please explain.

Please contact our Education Developer for Indigenization, Natasha Parrish, if you or your program is looking for supports in this area.

Contact Information

For more information please contact me!

Sk’ing Lúudas NATASHA PARRISH MA (she/her) l Education Developer Indigenization
Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning l Learning Services  l  250-370-4500

CAMOSUN COLLEGE  l  Lək̓ʷəŋən & W̱SÁNEĆ Territories l


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Camosun College Strategic Plan 2023-2028 Paddles by Dylan Thomas

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