Boozhoo! Welcome to what I hope will be a weekly guild/reflection to Indigenization/decolonization of Post-Secondary in Canada. I hope to mention various authors, academics, artists and Student Affairs professionals.
Indigenization has really come to the forefront since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Seven to Eight Calls specifically are for Post-Secondary. Interestingly, I find many Indigenization efforts are not addressing those calls but I am getting ahead of myself.
Firstly why the title Summer of our Decolonial Love? Well like any beautiful summer fling we see #septiscoming. For the past two years there has been a real ground swelling of support for Indigenous issues both internal to Post-Secondary but also in the populous of Canada. But then our Indigenous tattooed PM told us that the Chiefs of First Nations don’t know their youth; and many communities still don’t have drinking water and many, many more stories. Indigenous people felt that we were valued…but the wind has been taken out of our sails. It seems like the summer fling between Indigenous and Canada peoples sees fall starting and we are worried about what the fall holds for us.
Again I am way ahead of myself. Let me locate myself within this work. I am a proud member of Henvey Inlet First Nation. A small Annishnaabe First Nation 45 mins south of Sudbury, ON. I grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. I have a non Indigenous wife and a rock star Daughter, more about them later. I am the Director, Student Life for Seneca College. I have a number of units that report to me including Mentorship, Conduct, Student Life and First Peoples@Seneca. I also sit as the appointed member of the CACUSS board.
It is important that this blog will be my experiences and reflections. I do not intend this to be a reflection of all Indigenous peoples nor of my employer.
So this is simply the kick off to this weekly blog but please enjoy Helen Knott’s Dear Mr. Prime Minister. I love her line “we have 500 years of giving behind us but hold on let me check are you good? Or can I get you anything more”
It is a great opening to this blog. Lets start this journey and see what the Fall brings us #septiscoming
Baa Maa Pii!