In practical terms, Indigenization represents willingness on the part of educational leaders to bring knowledge and awareness of Indigenous Peoples – First Nations, Métis, and Inuit – to the forefront of institutional policy and practice. The journey to Indigenize your practice really begins with you and your desire to deliver good education to all students. This journey is not without connections between the heart (emotional) and the mind (intellectual), nor is it easy work. If you have made it to the end of this guide, you have likely encountered yaa-yuk-miss (love and pain) along the way. However, you have prevailed and stayed true to yourself in overcoming the challenges and barriers. Your sincere effort to complete this journey will benefit not only you and your understanding of who Indigenous Peoples are, but others as well. You have done well and should be proud of yourself; keep up the good work, because now it is time to take on the important work of Indigenization.
We leave you with the words of Sitting Bull: “Let us put our minds together to see what kind of life we can build for our children.”
“Let us put our minds together to see what kind of life we can build for our children.”