Selkirk College acknowledges the traditional territories of the First Nations of the West Kootenay and Boundary regions: the Sinixt (Lakes), the Syilx (Okanagan), the Ktunaxa and the Secwépemc (Shuswap) peoples. The mountains, rivers, lakes and lands of these territories have sustained life and human communities since time immemorial. Learning and education have been part of this land for millennia.
Selkirk College is grateful to the keepers of these territories where we live and learn, and the wisdom and beauty that surrounds us. Selkirk College is honoured to work with an engaged and proud Métis community who make the West Kootenay and Boundary region their home. We honour and celebrate the values, cultures and ways of knowing that all Indigenous learners bring to Selkirk College.
Guidance & Objectives
The Indigenization Plan 2019-2024 sets out five key areas of focus that provide our institution the foundation for working towards making the difference in the lives of all those who look to the college for leadership in this area.
Governance and policy – With consistent and sincere efforts, leadership at Selkirk College will support and guide all levels of the institution in the efforts towards systematic change.
Curricula and programs – Through reciprocal partnerships with our Nation Partners and institutional partners, the incorporation of Indigenous perspectives, first-voice, scholarship and land-based learning will deepen all students’ learning experiences.
Supports and services for students – Providing quality, relevant and accessible services to our Indigenous students is key to the success of our efforts to indigenize programs and services at Selkirk College. The goals compliment the Student Services Plan, with hopes of providing the necessary tools and resources for our college community as a whole.
Employee development and tools – Providing a safe place for employees to recognize the potential gaps in their own educational experiences and understanding of Indigenous worldviews will support their change process and confidence to navigate systemic change in culturally safe and appropriate ways.
Facilities and infrastructure – The inclusion and honouring of Indigenous learning spaces built in partnership with our Nation Partners will augment the prominence of languages, art, place names and dedicated ceremonial spaces.
The Indigenization Plan 2019-2024 is critical to the successful implementation of the Selkirk College Strategic Plan 2019-2024.
Read the entire Indigenization Plan 2019-2024.
Learn more about Indigenous Services at Selkirk College.