Section 5: Developing Awareness of One’s Own Role in Indigenization and Reconciliation

Summary

Regardless of your cultural background, Indigenizing the curriculum is your responsibility. In this section, we have provided opportunities to reflect on how you can act on that responsibility given your own identity and experiences. As you move forward in this work, keep in mind that it is important to think critically about your role and how you can contribute in a way that counters oppressive attitudes, practices, and structures.

Key learnings from this section

  • Colonization is a form of systemic oppression that affects everyone in society.
  • Most people have experienced both oppression and privilege in their lives, although some people have been impacted more significantly than others.
  • If you are a non-Indigenous person, you can support Indigenization by becoming an ally. Be open to learning and always think critically about your role.
  • If you are an Indigenous person, you can work together with allies in a way that feels comfortable to you.
  • It is important to be mindful of cultural safety as you work to Indigenize the curriculum.

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Summary 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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