office of Indigenization and decolonization

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oki, amba'wastitch, danit'ada, tansi, tawnshi

 

lower case as Indigenous 'eventing' support resistance

this is a beginning effort at describing the use of lower case on the website of the office of indigenization and decolonization.

Indigenous people have been actively engaged in a multidimensional struggle for equality, since time immemorial. we strive for historical-cultural recognition and acknowledgment of colonial oppression that persistently devalues the diversity of our unique cultural heritages.

these sites of struggle are generally found at blockades, where demonstrations against racism occur, where racialization and cultural domination, and discrimination leave the mark of imbalance and abuses of power. sometimes these sites generate media interest but interest is generally fickle.

the explicit demonstration and practice of aboriginal culture in everyday life or at places of resistance is called by academics 'eventing.'

the goal of equity, diversity and inclusion of all people is synonymous with the interests of Indigenous people. we support and expand the goal of equality and inclusion to all forms of life and all people. we join leaders like e. e. cummings, bell hooks, and peter kulchyski, who reject the symbols of hierarchy wherever they are found and do not use capital letters except to acknowledge the Indigenous struggle for recognition.

we resist acknowledging the power structures that oppress and join the movement that does not capitalize.

the office of indigenization and decolonization supports acts that focus on inclusion and support the right of all people to positive inclusion and change.

 

mission

to create a lens through which we can understand decolonization and Indigenization to ensure that every student at mru has the best educational experience possible.

 

 

vision

a mru environment built on inclusion where all students can develop their skills and ideas free of destructive colonial messaging. 

 

 

purpose

to promote truthful education that eradicates misinformation. to create a web of connections throughout the surrounding community that will enable students and the mru community to move back and forth to enhance educational and experiential learning. to liaise in the effort of decolonization and to respectfully share Indigenous knowledge.   

 

 

seeking membership — three committee roles

all committees are flexible and members can move from one committee to another when projects or discussions are of interest to a member.

the first choice is reflective of your primary interests but does not limit input into other committee subjects.

 

decolonization Indigenization advisory committee (diac)

committee members are invited from all sectors of the campus to assist in the development and implementation of Indigenous programs, projects and initiatives.  new ideas are welcome to be brought to the committee for discussion and possible implementation. committee members can volunteer to support various initiatives and projects. there are no limits to the number of members involved. 

 


gfc committee

this committee is focused on policy and structural development of traditional protocols, practices and policies that impact Indigenous staff and employment. this committee has a voice at gfc.

 


diac and gfc

for those who specifically want to be involved with both groups.