A Note About the Title
Nanihtsulyaz ‘int’en (Do Things Gently) is in the Dakelh (Carrier) language and was provided by Marlene Erickson after consultation with an Indigenous Elder. ʔes zuminstwáx kt (We Take Care of One Another) is in nłeʔkepmxcin (Thompson language) and was provided by Elder Amelia Washington.
BCcampus would like to thank Elder Barb Hulme, Elder Darlene McIntosh, and Elder Amelia Washington for sharing their knowledge and experience as Indigenous Elders and cultural advisors within the B.C. post-secondary system. They have a love for and commitment to student—and staff and faculty—wellness, growth, and success that is extraordinary. Thank you to Marlene Erickson, executive director of Aboriginal Education at the College of New Caledonia, for providing us insight into the essential services provided by Elders and the needed investment in Elder programs if we are going to continue to rebuild our post-secondary institutions to honour, respect, and represent Indigenous students and the communities where the institutions reside. Thank you to Taylor Devine, a Métis student at University of Victoria and coordinator in the House of Indigenous Learning with the B.C. Public Service, for sharing her personal experiences with Elder support in the post-secondary environment. Thank you to Carina Nilsson, who visualized the knowledge shared in this booklet. She listens deeply and brings words and teachings to life in a beautiful way. Lastly, thank you to the B.C. Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills for funding this project.
—BCcampus Collaborative Projects and Indigenous Engagement
The authors and contributors who worked on this booklet are dispersed throughout Turtle Island on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Tsawwassen First Nation; the Snuneymuxw First Nation; the lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) speaking people of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations; the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) peoples; the Nłeʔkepmx (Nlaka’pamux) peoples; the Dakelh peoples of Lheidli T’enneh and Nak’azdli; and in Amiskwaciwâskahikan located on the traditional territories of the nêhiyaw, Cree, Dené, Anishinaabe, Saulteaux, Nakota Isga (Nakota Sioux), and Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) peoples, and as part of the Métis homeland.