A Commitment to Indigenization
Camosun College is committed to providing accessible, quality programming that serves all learners in our regional communities.
The goals of the Indigenization Initiative are to make Camosun as welcoming and relevant to Indigenous learners as we can be, and to prepare non-Indigenous students, graduates and employees to better understand, live alongside of, and work with Indigenous peoples.
We are seen as leaders in indigenization and have received many requests for guidance from other post-secondary institutions in BC and beyond. As recent signatories to the national Colleges and Institutes Indigenous Education Protocol we look forward to further demonstrating our commitment to Indigenous learners and communities.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has stated that “reconciliation is about establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in this country”. The findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission make it clear that there is much work to be done to accomplish this and post-secondary institutions are critical to meeting the goal to educate Canadians along the path to reconciliation. Continuing our work in the four corner post areas of Indigenization: curriculum processes; employee education; services for students; and policy and strategic planning will ensure that we do our part.
One of the keys to the success of the initiative has been the willingness of so many people across the college to educate themselves through participation in courses and events such as TELŦIN TŦE WILNEW: Understanding Indigenous Peoples (235 graduates to date), Intercultural Connections workshops, participation at the Coast Salish Pitcook and at ceremonies such as Orange Shirt Day to remember those who survived, and those who died, at residential schools in Canada, the blessing of Na’tsa’maht and the opening of Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen: The Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections.
I look forward to working together to meet the goals of Indigenization and to support the success of Camosun students- the nation’s future leaders.
President, Camosun College