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Introduction | Pulling Together: A Guide for Curriculum Developers
Section 3: Engaging with Indigenous Communities


As Indigenization is the process of bringing together Indigenous knowledge systems and approaches with those of the mainstream academy, it is critical that this work be done in partnership with Indigenous people. In Section 2, you learned about the relational nature of Indigenous knowledge and pedagogy. If learning is to occur in relationship, it is essential for curriculum developers to build relationships and work together with Indigenous people. In this section, we will begin to explore how to build relationships with Indigenous people in respectful and meaningful ways.

Purpose of this section

This section is intended to help you engage with Indigenous people and knowledge systems in respectful, appropriate, and meaningful ways. The following topics are included:

  • Respecting protocols
  • Building relationships and contributing to Indigenous-led work
  • Learning from mistakes

Approximate time: 2 hours, plus additional time for building relationships