We approach this transformative work as allies and uninvited settlers to this land; we recognize that we are responsible for continued learning about Indigenous Ways of Knowing and to decolonize our work and the places we inhabit. Connection with Indigenous community members and knowledge keepers is an integral part of this allyship.
Become an Ally
Join us in sharing transformative educational practices with teachers across the country by sharing your lessons, unit plans, or ideas for culturally responsive classroom practices, implementing critical pedagogy, and ensuring equity, diversity, inclusions, decolonization, and anti-racism (EDIDA).
As a non-Indigenous person and second-generation immigrant, I acknowledge and respect that for thousands of years the Quw’utsun, Malahat, Ts’uubaa-asatx, Halalt, Penelakut, Stz’uminus, & Lyackson Peoples have walked gently on the unceded territories where I am honored to now work, learn, play, and live.
As a non-Indigenous person, I would like to acknowledge that I live, work, study and play on the unceded traditional territories of the [xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)] Nations.
Chris Rugo (he/they)
As a white, non-Indigenous, non-invited settler, I acknowledge that I live, study, work, and play on the traditional and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Wendat peoples. I recognize that the profession of education has profound roots in colonial violence and acknowledge my responsibility as an educational practitioner to meaningfully engage in the ongoing process of disrupting Eurocentric, hegemonic and colonialist norms, systems and structures by demonstrating the values of decolonization, anti-racism, and trans-feminism. I practice this by continuously reflecting on the spaces that I take up as a settler and by centering Indigenous, Black and 2SLGBTQIA+ identities and experiences through my scholarly and professional work as an eLearning specialist.
Your Land Acknowledgement
We encourage you to reflect on the ancestral land that you take up by locating yourselves on digital interactive map provided by native-land.ca.