Since 2018, Mikana has accompanied Ahuntsic College in its indigenization process. Numerous educational activities and exchange meetings have taken place with staff members and students of the College. This collaboration is in accordance with our commitment to support systemic and sustainable changes.
More recently, in early 2020, we co-developed and facilitated a workshop called ” Indigenization through the Pedagogy of Discomfort “. This workshop was articulated around the role of discomfort in integrating sensitive notions, that may translate to feelings such as guilt, ignorance or incompetence, and shame about one’s identity or the various forms of ethnocentrism. The pedagogy of discomfort is a powerful tool to generate new forms of understanding of cultural otherness.
What can the process of indigenization look like?
Indigenization revolves around the desire to develop, at the heart of an institution, mindsets and behaviors aimed at concretely recognizing the contribution of Indigenous cultures in all spheres of life. Before thinking of indigenization, one must do personal reflections on its own colonial reflexes. This will help in being able to correct them.
Indigenization can include: The organization of various cultural activities; The creation of an Indigenous Student Committee and offering these students scholarships; To re-think its practices; To offer training to staff and members; To create decolonization & indigenization workshops for the organization; To create tools, such as a guide to good practices.
For more information, please visit https://www.collegeahuntsic.qc.ca/notre-college/espace-dautochtonisation