Sustainability Learning from Indigenization at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) (E/SI)
April 28, 2021 | 1:15 - 2:00Track: Embodying Sustainability
The British Columbia Institute of Technology adopted an Indigenous Vision in 2019 and a Sustainability Vision in 2020. Both visions advance social justice through a historical review of inequitable treatment of Indigenous peoples and the need for Reconciliation on the one hand and building a contemporary understanding about how inequitable access to resources perpetuates unsustainable outcomes, including climate change, on the other hand. The Indigenous Vision provides a framework for action and accountability in building awareness and understanding around Truth, Reconciliation, Indigenization, the legacy of colonization, and the contemporary reality of Canada and Indigenous peoples. Many Engaging faculty, students, and staff on a shared journey of learning and actions for implementing the Indigenous Vision and Sustainability Vision ensures the ongoing promotion of social justice as a unifying element in a Just Transition towards a sustainable future.
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) provides a Sustainability Tracking and Reporting System (STARS) to measure progress by participating post-secondary institutions in their sustainability efforts. BCIT staff from Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships and the Sustainability Office are collaborating to explore how the scope of this sustainability tracking and reporting system can be adapted and applied to also measure and track progress towards the Institute’s Indigenization. The dimensions of measurement include academics, engagement, planning and administration, operations, and innovation. In this presentation, participants will learn about the content of BCIT’s Indigenous and Sustainability visions, the elements of the AASHE STARS reporting that could be effectively adapted to serve Indigenization and Reconciliation reporting and how staff from both departments are finding increasing ways to collaborate on a shared journey of cultural transformation.
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