Camosun expresses its sorrow and stands alongside the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc

Camosun College is horrified by the news that the remains of 215 children have been found in the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School, which sat on the traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. Our hearts go out to the families and communities who were and are directly affected by this news and by the original loss of their children. We are all affected. This affirms Camosun’s commitment to redressing the impact of our shared history. In memory of these children, Camosun flags on both campuses will be lowered.

Faculty/staff profile

Chair, Indigenous Studies

Todd Ormiston



E 204


Northern Tutchone/Tlingit

Indigenous Studies

Centre for Indigenous Education and Community Connections

Hi all. My name is Todd Ormiston and I am Northern Tutchone/Tlingit. I have been a visitor in the territory of the Songhees/Esquimalt peoples of the Coast Salish Nation since 1996. I also acknowledge the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose shared territory Camosun College is situated on. It is an honour and privilege to live and work as a visitor in Coast Salish Territory.

My journey within academia over many years has earned me a Masters of Public Administration (UVIC), A Bachelor of Social Work (UVIC),a diploma in Criminal Justice (Douglas College). I am also honored to have graduated in November 2012 with my Doctorate in Education at the University of BC. I wrote on Indigenous Leadership Pedagogies in higher education and focused my dissertations on the wonderful Indigenous teachings at Camosun College and University of Victoria. Over the years I have also worked in various community social welfare organizations including the Boys and Girls Club as a bail supervisor for youth corrections.

I see learning as a lifelong process and I am constantly engaging in new learning. I also believe that as instructors, we have an important role to play in ensuring that learning is not just an obligation but a form of liberation towards walking in a good way throughout our lives. My belief is we are all teachers and we are all learners. Stop by and see me in Ewing 204 or drop an e-mail below!

Dr. Todd Ormiston
Program Leader
Indigenous Studies/Indigenous Health Services Career Access


Ormiston, N.T. & Grande, S. (2016).  Neoliberal globalization as settler Colonialism the remix: Centering Indigenous resistance and resurgence. In Caouette, D & Kapoor, D (Eds).  Beyond Colonialism, development and globalization. Social movements and critical perspectives (p 205-222). London. Zed books.

Ormiston, N. T. (2014). Transforming stories and teachings into social work pedagogies. Affilia, 29(3), 368-372.doi:10.1177/0886109914522630

Ormiston, N.T. & Green, K.J. (2014).  Indigenous child welfare Practice: Progressing or regressing?     International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioural Sciences. Eds. In chief: Neil J. Smelser and Paul  B. Baites. Elsevier Ltd.

Richardson, K.C., Green, K.J., Thomas, R., & Ormiston, N.T. (2012). Indigenous Specializations:  Dreams, developments, delivery and vision. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 41, 173-180. doi:10.1017/jie.2012.16.

Ormiston, N.T. (2010). Re-conceptualizing research: An Indigenous perspective. The New BC Indigenous Child Welfare Research Network. First Peoples Child & Family Review.  An Interdisciplinary Journal Honoring the Voices, Perspectives and Knowledges of First Peoples through Research, Critical  Analyses, Stories, Standpoints and Media Reviews.  Volume 4, Number 2. Pp. 50-56.