The FAUW Indigenization Reading Circle explores Indigenization and reconciliation in the university context. Everyone on campus is welcome and no experience or prior knowledge is necessary. Selected readings and discussions cycle through recurring themes to effect a spiral of learning where novices can hop in at any time—you won't get lost if you can't attend every meeting.
Together we will work at hearing Indigenous voices and contemplate what respect for Indigenous ways of knowing and being means for universities. The circle creates a space of respect, support, and co-learning. Members share a commitment to pursue steps, whether small or large, on the journey to create just relations with First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.
The reading circle is coordinated by George Freeman (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Ryan George (Economics), and Kim Hong Nguyen (Communication Arts), under the umbrella of the FAUW Indigenization Working Group.
Ways to participate
- Download the readings. (The readings are in a OneDrive folder accessible to anyone with a UW employee or graduate student login. Interested undergraduate students can contact Laura McDonald to access the readings.)
- Attend the circles. We're on pause while on-campus events are suspended due to COVID-19.
- Follow along with our Reading Circle Notebook—summaries from the reading circle on the FAUW blog.
- Get email reminders. Join FAUW's Indigenization mailing list to get Indigenization news and events from FAUW and elsewhere. Sign up here:
Past (publicly available) readings
Universities Canada’s Principles on Indigenous Education
Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Policy Statement on Indigenizing the Academy
Indigenization as inclusion, reconciliation, and decolonization: navigating the different visions for indigenizing the Canadian Academy by Adam Gaudry and Danielle E . Lorenz
Rethinking the Practice and Performance of Indigenous Land Acknowledgement by Dylan Robinson, Kanonhsyonne Janice C. Hill, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Selena Couture, Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen
Decolonization is not a metaphor (PDF) by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang