Section 1: Understanding Indigenization


Indigenization reflects a commitment to valuing and respecting diverse ways of knowing and being in the world within systems and structures where the processes of knowledge production, legitimization, and dissemination need to be revised. Indigenization is therefore interlinked with decolonization and reconciliation. Through these three powerful processes, we are compelled to re-evaluate the histories and the uncomfortable stories of our country, and once we do this we cannot look back, and we cannot escape them. Through this transformational learning process, we will be in a better position to understand, acknowledge, and appreciate Indigenous worldviews and Indigenous ways of being in the world.

Key Learning from this Section

  • Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation are distinct but interrelated processes that support systemic change.
  • Indigenization and multiculturalism are not the same. They can be parallel approaches instead of being viewed as mutually exclusive.
  • Moving toward reconciliation requires emotional work, self-awareness, commitment, and action.