How Canadian universities are moving to indigenize the academy

April 20, 2016

Many Canadian universities are undertaking processes of indigenization in an effort to bring Indigenous peoples and their cultures into PSE strategy, governance, academics, research, and recruitment, writes Moira MacDonald forUniversity Affairs. Indigenizing the academy is “really about transforming the university at its very core,” said Shauneen Pete, associate professor of education and executive lead for indigenization at the University of Regina. “It’s about recentring Indigenous world views as a starting point for that transformation and it’s a process of institutional decolonization.” MacDonald notes that this process does not and must not look identical at every institution, as differences in programs, demographics, and histories exist that must inform indigenization strategies. The article includes summaries of the many indigenization initiatives and projects underway at Canadian colleges and universities.

University Affairs