An event highlighting different ways to incorporate indigenization into the classroom was held on Thurs,Feb 2 at UFV in Abbotsford.
Indigenizing our Academy: Voices from the Inside Out took place on Thursday. The all-day event was an opportunity to discuss, share ideas and learn about indigenization.
“An event like this is important for many reasons,” said Shirley Hardman, UFV’s senior advisor on indigenous affairs. “The indigenization of our academy has been going on for five years, with people coming together to share their initiatives and goals for continued growth. It’s imperative to continually share ideas and our vision, and that we remember why we are doing this.”
There are some specific goals when it comes to working on indigenization, added Hardman.
Goal #1 – To increase the indigenous programs, services and research initiatives.
Goal #2 – To provide students with a sense of belonging and a culturally safe environment.
Goal #3 – Ensure implementation of Indigenous values, voice and vision.
“Overall, it’s an opportunity for everyone — you don’t have to have been involved in indigenization before. We are trying to make more people aware. UFV is a leader in indigenizing and sharing the Aboriginal voice.”
The event featured dialogue, round-circle discussion, the sharing of ideas, a theatrical reading and storytelling.
For more information on Indigenous studies at UFV, visit: http://www.ufv.ca/calendar/2012_13/ProgramsF-L/IS.htm