Breaking Bread is a project from the TRU Students’ Union that connects students with community leaders through small group discussions around shared topics of interest.
On October 6, 2020 the Union hosted Tosh Southwick for a virtual discussion with students on Indigenization in Higher Education. Tosh is part of the Kluane First Nation and was the Associate Vice President of Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation at Yukon University.
Questions considered by the group included:
- What is indigenization? What does this look like at a post-secondary institution?
- What have you noticed about indigenization at TRU?
- What would need to happen at the institution/provincial/federal level in order to have adequate indigenization at TRU or any other institutions?
- Is a mandatory course in each degree program an appropriate way to indigenize curricula?
- What role do various levels of legislation play in supporting or creating obstacles to indigenization in higher education?
- What are ways that educators/admins can honestly demonstrate their allyship?
If you are interested in being a part of a future discussion, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re also happy to hear from you if you have a great idea for a discussion topic or community leader to get in touch with.