Na’tsa’maht: Paddling as One to Indigenize Higher Education Through and Beyond a Global Pandemic (E/SI)

April 27, 2022 | 10:00 - 11:00

Location: Argyle A1
Track: Governing the Vessel

From coast to coast, Canadian colleges and institutes have been thrown adrift by Covid-19. During these two years, colleges and institutes have also had to acknowledge how the global pandemic, systemic oppression, and recent discovery of mass graves at residential schools have challenged the resiliency of Indigenous peoples of Canada. As a college, Camosun is dedicated to indigenizing post-secondary education and supporting the resiliency of local Indigenous communities.

This “fireside chat” brings together Camosun leaders, administrators, and practitioners to discuss how amidst a global pandemic the college has worked together to anchor indigenization into its core identity. The facilitated conversation will discuss how indigenization can be woven into college governance, policy, curricula, and teaching. The conversation will also highlight how Camosun advances its equity, diversity, and inclusion mission by increasing post-secondary access to Indigenous students as well as how it increases cultural awareness of Indigenous history, cultures, and traditions for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of its community.

Session Speakers

John Boraas

Vice-President, Education

Camosun College

Rashed Al-Haque

Education Policy Specialist

Camosun College

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