Indigenization and Decolonization Resources

What is Indigenization? Mount Royal University is undertaking the campus-wide process of Indigenization by upholding the guiding principles and pursuing the goals listed in our Indigenous Strategic Plan . It is our goal "to respect and embrace Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing, to integrate Indigenous teachings and practices and to honour Indigenous experiences and identities" both in the classroom and across the institution.

Below you will find a list of academic resources that define and exemplify Indigenization, including lists of featured resources and an extensive, downloadable bibliography.

What is Decolonization?

In Goal 1 of Mount Royal University's Indigenous Strategic Plan, we have set out to "cultivate respectful and welcoming environments that prevail over the legacy of colonization": a legacy which academic institutions in the West have a played central role in building. The work of decolonizing the university is critical to our larger goal of Indigenizing.

Below you will find academic resources that define and exemplify decolonization, including lists of featured resources and an extensive, downloadable bibliography.

What are Indigenous Knowledges and Ways of Knowing?

As Mount Royal University pursues its goal "to respect and embrace Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing, to integrate Indigenous teachings and practices," we are committed to learning about and understanding those knowledges, ways of knowing, teachings and practices.

We acknowledge that Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing are rich, complex and highly diverse. They are resilient and deeply rooted in place and community. They have endured and resisted the violence of colonization, and their intrinsic value and importance can and should be understood independent of comparisons with Western knowledges and ways of knowing.

Below you will find scholarly resources that discuss diverse Indigenous knowledges, teachings, practices, and ways of knowing. This includes a list of featured resources and an extensive, downloadable bibliography.

Respectful and Inclusive Pedagogies and Curricula

In Goal 5 of Mount Royal University's Indigenous Strategic Plan , we have set out to "promote culturally responsible and respectful curricula that integrates Indigenous pedagogies and ways of knowing."

Below you will find scholarly resources that describe and exemplify responsible and respectful curricula and pedagogies, including a list of featured resources and an extensive, downloadable bibliography.

Culturally Responsive and Respectful Research Practices

Goal 2 of Mount Royal University's Indigenous Strategic Plan is to "foster respect for Indigenous ways of knowing and knowledge-production to increase capacity for Indigenous scholarship," in order to build a culture of respectful research, encourage and support collaborative and community-based research initiatives, and develop an Indigenous research policy.

Below you will find scholarly resources that describe and exemplify responsible and respectful research practices, including a list of featured resources and an extensive, downloadable bibliography.