“Why is Indigenization so difficult?” ask Four Worlds authors

September 6, 2017

Indigenization efforts often begin with the best of intentions, write Michael Bopp, Lee Brown, and Jonathan Robb, but “it is not unusual to see what turns out to be a complex change and development processes falter, or even stall somewhere along the way as the rubber hits the road in terms of actual implementation.” The authors explore what success looks like when it comes to Indigenization in PSE, then describe some of the most common barriers to achieving this success. These barriers include a lack of basic knowledge about Indigenous peoples and cultures, intercultural incompetency, and the mistaken belief that Indigenization can occur without a comprehensive transformation in the structures of an institution. Four Worlds