Indigenizing Teaching and Learning
Red River College Polytechnic campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
Red River College Polytechnic is committed to a renewed relationship and dialogue with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples based on the principles of mutual trust, respect, and reciprocity.
We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.
RRC Polytech is committed to the work of Indigenization. Indigenization is the practice of “creating a shared understanding that opens the way toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people… [and] counters the impacts of colonization by upending a system of thinking that has typically discounted Indigenous knowledge and history” (Antoine et al, 2018). Two-Eyed Seeing is required to move Indigenization forward. A Two-Eyed Seeing approach involves learning the strengths of both Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing and Western knowledges and ways of knowing—and using them together to complement one another.
Learn more about Two-Eyed Seeing from the Institute for Integrative Sciences and Health at Cape Breton University.
Indigenous world views are centered on relationships and their value – relationships which connect us with ourselves, each other, our environment, and our Creator. It is through our interactions with one another that we are able to form good relations and share valuable life teachings. Elders have always held positions of high esteem and importance; they are the living libraries that hold the wisdom, history, and cultural knowledge of our Nations. Indigenous Education is stronger at Red River College with the support of our Elders and Knowledge Keepers and through partnerships with the broader Indigenous community.
TRC’s Calls to Action
RRC Polytech has actively taken on the responsibility to embed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action. These calls were developed “In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation” (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2012, p. 1). Reading and familiarizing yourself the 94 Calls to Action is an important step toward educating yourself about truth and reconciliation in Canada.
The 94 Calls to Action are grouped into the following categories:
- Child Welfare (1–5)
- Education (6–12)
- Language and Culture (13–17)
- Health (18–24)
- Justice (25–42)
- Canadian Governments and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (43–44)
- Royal Proclamation and Covenant of Reconciliation (45–47)
- Settlement Agreement Parties and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (48–49)
- Equity for Aboriginal People in the Legal System (50–52)
- National Council for Reconciliation (53–56)
- Professional Development and Training for Public Servants (57)
- Church Apologies and Reconciliation (58–61)
- Education for Reconciliation (62–65)
- Youth Programs (66)
- Museums and Archives (67–70)
- Missing Children and Burial Information (71–76)
- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (77–78)
- Commemoration (79–83)
- Media and Reconciliation (84–86)
- Sports and Reconciliation (87–91)
- Business and Reconciliation (92–94)
RRC Polytech Resources
RRC Polytech has several resources available:
- RRC Polytech Truth and Reconciliation – Indigenous Education
Truth and Reconciliation and Community Engagement is focused on training and education, curriculum development, and college community engagement. Learn about TRC and how to get involved.
- RRC Polytech Staff Forum – Truth and Reconciliation
Truth and Reconciliation resources for staff focused on training, education, and curriculum development.
- RRC Polytech Elders-in-Residence
Our Elders-in-Residence are here to support education through Indigenous ways of teaching, learning and leading. They play an important role in student and staff health, wellness, and cultural and spiritual development. Elders-in-Residence offer cultural teaching sessions, one-on-one appointments, classroom visits and lead ceremonies.
- RRC Polytech 4 Seasons of Reconciliation Course
4 Seasons of Reconciliation is a professional development training program for staff offered through LEARN as part of the College’s commitment to embed Truth and Reconciliation education. The program provides the knowledge required for informed, respectful and effective engagement in the classroom.
- RRC Polytech Library Guides: Indigenous Education
- RRC Polytech Library Guide: Residential Schools
The list below includes external resources that can help to further guide your learning. The list is not exhaustive and will be revised regularly to include additional resources.
- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- Indigenous Pedagogy – University of Manitoba
- Manitoba Collaborative Indigenous Education Blueprint
- Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre
- Manitoba Metis Federation
- City of Winnipeg – Indigenous Relations Division
- Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba
- The Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre
- Beyond 94 – Truth and Reconciliation in Canada (CBC)
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
- Pulling Together: A Guide for Indigenization of Post-Secondary Institutions
- Indigenous Education – Colleges and Institutes Canada
- Indigenous Student Success Strategy – Saskatchewan Polytechnic
- Indigenization – University of Saskatchewan Teaching and Learning
- Indigenous Pedagogies and Epistemologies – Lakehead University
- Indigenous Knowledges – University of Windsor CTL
- Indigenous Corporate Training, Inc.
- Indigenous Canada MOOC – University of Alberta
- Indigenous Vision – British Columbia Institute of Technology
- Walking Together: First Nations, Métis and Inuit Perspectives in Curriculum – Alberta Education
- The Coyote Project at Thompson Rivers University
- Map of Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages across the world