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Welcome to Indigenous Inclusion - Module 4 of 6

Are you interested in increasing your knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture and perspectives? Do you want to learn strategies for creating space to learn, explore, grow and create relationships and environments that promote diversity and inclusion.

You have found the correct place!

The Honourable Senator Sinclair on Moving Reconciliation Forward in Canada

What to Know Before You Begin

Before you dive deep into the wealth of information here please keep in mind:

  • It’s all About Relationships. Indigenous Inclusion is not about knowing the most facts, reading the most books, or reaching to try and find ways to indigenize every program. It’s about creating environments to foster relationships. It’s about creating a space to learn, explore, heal, and communicate with a community that has been ignored by the government and mainstream society for years. Most importantly, it’s about teaching future generations to learn and evolve from the wrongs of the past.
  • It’s About Respect. It’s about learning the difference between western and Indigenous views. It’s about learning to see the beauty in that difference and approaching new and different cultures appropriately, professionally and without judgment.
  • It’s About Celebrating Indigenous Culture. It’s about making space for Indigenous peoples to engage in cultural activities or re-discover their culture. The best way to learn about any other cultures is to investigate, participate, support and encourage others to with an open mind and heart.
  • It’s About Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences. It’s about community projects and familiarizing yourself with issues/events that are important to Indigenous communities. Most importantly, it’s about watching and listening.
  • It’s About Taking the Time to Learn. It’s about learning about the pieces of history that were omitted from public record and acknowledging the difference in the Canadian experience. Furthermore, it’s about working towards closing that gap so that all people have the same experiences and opportunities.

Credits

This hub was created by staff at the Paterson Library and the Indigenous Learning Outcomes (ILO) team at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario. A refresh and re-design of the portal was implemented in 2019 by Tiffany Miller, the Paterson Library’s Indigenous Library Liaison in consultation with Indigenous faculty and stakeholders across Confederation College. As this module expands, the content and vision for the portal will be directed by Tamara Gagnon, Therese Tisseverasinghe and Tiffany in consultation with the Ontario College’s Indigenous Peoples Education Circle, which is made up of representatives from territories across the province.