Section 1: Understanding Indigenization

In this section, we explore what is meant by Indigenization, how it relates to decolonization and reconciliation, why it’s important, and how you, as a curriculum developer, can participate.

Purpose of this section

This section is intended to help you develop an awareness and understanding of the meaning and importance of Indigenization through the exploration of the following topics and constructs:

  • Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation
  • The need to Indigenize
  • Creating pathways toward reconciliation

Approximate time: 3.5 hours


Activity 1: Locate Yourself

Time: Ongoing

Type: Individual

Moving toward action starts by looking at what Willie Ermine (1995) calls the inner space, which is the most intimate space within the self, the space where we find the moral compass that helps us dictate the course of our life and find our way forward. As you read this section, think about how the concepts apply to your own self-awareness and realm of influence, and how, in your life, coming to know can be followed by learning to do. We invite you to use the following questions for reflection to guide your thinking:

  • How does your personal and academic background and identity impact your knowledge and experience of Indigenous Peoples?
  • What is your current relationship to Indigenous Peoples?
  • What changes do you want to make in your relationship to Indigenous Peoples?
  • As a curriculum developer, how do you view your role in Indigenization?


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Pulling Together: A Guide for Curriculum Developers Copyright © 2018 by Asma-na-hi Antoine; Rachel Mason; Roberta Mason; Sophia Palahicky; and Carmen Rodriguez de France is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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