Section 4: Infuse – Building an Indigenized Practice
One of the most proactive approaches you can take as an educator is to have an open mind, kind heart, and willingness to continually learn. In this section, you explored examples of Indigenization of practice supported at post-secondary institutions. Indigenization is looking at ways to walk perspectives and knowledges alongside one another. Knowledge systems coexist and create ways for students to engage in content in various ways and at various levels of learning. You are encouraged to always ask, listen deeply, and try to use informed teaching methods in your course/program.
Activity 1: Creating learning communities
Connect with other faculty across the institution who are exploring ways to Indigenize content and practice. Seek guidance from an Indigenous curriculum expert and network with one another through the semester, term, or year. Share successes and learn from failures. Explore Indigenous pedagogies, such as circle learning, land-based and experiential learning, storytelling, and holistic engagement
Activity 2: Staying connected
Teaching can be an isolated profession. Taking risks and engaging in different ways of learning requires support. Seek out advice and share your successes with others.