Braiding Indigenous and Intercultural Perspectives in Collaborative Online Indigenous and Intercultural Learning – Developing a Framework (E/SI)

April 30, 2024 11:30 - 12:30 Glen Rm 208-209View map

This campfire session will discuss the development of a Collaborative Online Indigenous Intercultural Learning (COIIL/VE) Special Topics Framework as a tool to explore what it means to be Indigenous serving within an academic institution. This Framework interweaves Indigenous pedagogies, intercultural perspectives, and land-based approaches with academic expectations that can be adapted to any community/context within which the Framework is utilized. This collaborative Framework is being created through dialogue with stakeholders and communities across five BC partner institutions. Drawing on existing expertise within the network ensures intercultural competencies and agreed-upon Indigenous pedagogical approaches are prioritized, in culturally appropriate ways across contexts. Embedded within Indigenous ways of knowing, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are integral to the framework development, enhancing our ability to connect with Indigenous needs and goals on a global level.

Understanding the complexities and diversities involved in being an Indigenous-serving institution requires ongoing dialogue; however, at the heart of the Framework lies the commitment to reconciliation, decolonization, and Indigenization, with the voices of Indigenous communities leading the conversations.

In this campfire session, we will explore the origin story of this project, including:

  • what it means to be Indigenous serving
  • why an Indigenous COIIL/VE Framework is important in the Canadian context

By describing the connections between the partners, we hope to plant the seeds for discussing how this Framework might be shared, expanded, and adapted when collaborating with global Indigenous communities and when used in other institutional contexts.(Project funded by the CiCan Innovation Fund).

Stream: Strengthening Indigenous Education

The right of Indigenous peoples to education is protected by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples along with other international human rights instruments including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This stream will focus on best practices and solutions to improve the access to higher education and ensure the retention and success of Indigenous learners at colleges and institutes and in the labour market.


Margaret Hearnden
Global Learning Facilitator, Office of Global Engagement | North Island College
Laura Johnston
Faculty, Indigenous English Instructor | North Island College
Chelsey Laird
Director for the UMAP International Secretariat | Vancouver Community College/UMAP

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