Welcome to our Indigenizing the Academy website.

As summer turned into fall of 2012, 275 delegates from 33 post-secondary institutions came together at the University of the Fraser Valley’s Aboriginal Gathering Place. The purpose of the gathering: to discuss indigenization – a way of making universities welcoming for indigenous cultures, knowledge, learners, faculty, and staff.
Those who came to the gathering overflowed out of the UFV Longhouse/Gathering Place; they listened with their eyes, their ears, their spirit, and their hearts.
And in exchange, the keynote speakers, the guest speakers and visiting dignitaries spoke from the heart: shared their thoughts, and engaged in dialogue, speech and conversations that “needed to be had.”
The ceremony, the sweats, the food, and the sharing created an environment in which all speakers and listeners could reach down deep into themselves to bring renewal, understanding, and transformational growth to each other.
To find the notes from our Gathering, click on Resources. At this same tab, you can find videos from the Gathering, other Gathering resources, information on the Gift of Cedar, and more videos and resources that for you to browse.

To continue discussions started at the Gathering click on Dialogue. You can search the blog entries by category and comment on the entries. The collated discussions can also be found in Resources.
Future events can be found under Events

Recent Postings

Outcomes Report for the Indigenizing the Academy Conference August 26-28 2012

Outcomes Report for the Indigenizing the Academy Conference August 26-28 2012 Summary Report on Outcomes ITA   Dr. Ken Brealey, Associate Dean of Faculty, College of Arts University of the Fraser Valley, October 8 2013 Introduction   The Indigenizing the Academy Conference (ITA) was held at the Gathering Center at the new Canada Education Park […]

Blood Tears Alex Janvier 2001

Indigenization in Motion: Indian Residential School Day of Learning at UFV

On September 18, 2013, a day-long collection of learning events, on-going displays, and interactive activities was held at UFV in conjunction with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) national event in Vancouver, which ran Sept. 18–21. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has a federally assigned mandate to learn the truth about what happened in the Indian […]

Shirley Hardman and Marcella LaFever--Indigenization of International Academia

UFV Faculty on Shaping Identity: Land, People, Systems at the Society for Intercultural Education, Teaching and Research (SIETAR 2014)

  SIETAR 2014 Congress Video Sts’ailes Written By Shirley Hardman, Indigenous Affairs Senior Advisor, and  Marcella LaFever Ph.D Holland, Germany, Australia, and from across the United States; these are just a few of the places that scholars traveled from to share their knowledge and to learn about “Shaping Identity: Land, People, Systems”the theme of the […]

Shirley Hardman Welcoming International partners to CEP

Indigenizing and Internationalization

  Shirley Hardman welcomes Mr. Sharma Pres. of SD College Chandigarh & Mrs. Sharma to Sto-lo territory at CEP’s gathering place. Indigenization and Internationalization of the Academy are both elements that contribute to the richness of the Academy. The visit of the President Sharma from India and the welcome to the Sto-lo territory by Indigenous Affairs Senior Advisor Shirley Hardman […]

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Indigenous Perspectives on the Natural World

2014 greenSPEAK Seminar Series Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Shirley Hardman, Senior Advisor Indigenous Affairs  and Chantelle Marlor offered a joint Seminar Indigenous Perspectives and understanding biological or ecological knowledge. More and more work is being done to tie together Resource Management, Environmental Studies, and Aboriginal Ecological Knowledge, so that balanced relationships with their environments facilitate comprehensive understanding of […]


UFV and the Progress report on The Day of Learning

 The events  of September 18, 2013 are elegantly documented by UFV Marcom’s senior editor Anne Russell in her post, UFV Indian Residential School Day of Learning examines Canada’s “greatest moment of shame” Her post is repeated here: By Anne Russell on September 26, 2013  “Children are supposed to grow up with their parents and families.” — […]