Decolonizing Education, and Cultural Humility: A Call for Awareness through the Indigenization of a Francophone College in an Urban Setting (F/SI)

May 6, 2019 | 15:45 - 16:30

Location: Peller B
Track: Future Ready

For several years, Collège Ahuntsic has been involved in native outreach projects. How does a college community approach a decolonization/indigenization process? How do its actors develop cultural humility, such as learning to recognize their shortcomings and admit their colonial reflexes?

We will concretely present the indigenization process of Ahuntsic, a multicultural, populous college that offers several pre-university and technical programs. Some examples will be presented:

 Indigenous meetings, an immersion project in the Atikamekw territory for humanities students.
 Local conversations about the complexities of cultural appropriation and authenticity related to the name and logo of our sports teams (“Ahuntsic Indians”).
 Inclusion and empowerment of current and future native students to give value to their place in the institution.

These initiatives are possible thanks to the support of native partners including the Mikana education and awareness organization (Montreal) and the Guérison Petcikiw Center (Opitciwan).

Session Speakers

Julie Gauthier

Professor, Anthropology

Collège Ahuntsic

Nathalie Vallée

Director General

Collège Ahuntsic

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