Webinar | Dialogues on Decolonization for International Education: Part Three

Date: Mar 24, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PT
Format: Online workshop
Hosted By: BCCIE
Cost: Free


Target Audience:

Public and private post-secondary international staff, administrators, and faculty members; public and independent K-12 schools and school districts; and language schools.

For many 2015 was a turning point for Indigenous rights and their attention in Canada with the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) Calls to Action. This proposed three-part series focuses on supporting international offices through deep intentional engagement, self-reflection, and learning of Indigenization practices. The workshop series is an opportunity for international educators to consider the need to integrate social responsibility, accountability, and transformational partnerships to address and question the gaps and ridges of today to Indigenize their international office.

General Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about Indigenous protocols prior to European contact for relating to other Nations.
  • Help map a way for institutions in BC to implement the TRC’s Calls to Action in their internationalization practices.
  • Find where internationalization and Indigenization intersect, identify their synergies, and consider what actions, learning resources, and types of engagement are necessary to enact generative change.
  • Learn the ways in which Indigenization as a broad, action-based, lens can be applied to specific contexts towards being mindful, respectful, and aware of cultural specificities and territorial settings.

Part 3: Fostering Ethical Engagements at the Interface of Indigenization and Internationalization in Education

In the context of growing enthusiasm to both Indigenize and internationalize education, many generative possibilities arise. However, many complexities, questions, and tensions also emerge, which are often doubled in efforts to bring Indigenization and internationalization into conversation. In this session, we will address the complexities of these two processes, and their interfaces, reflecting on our own research and practice, including our work as part of the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures Collective, the Critical Internationalization Studies Network, and our collaborations with Indigenous communities in Canada, Brazil, and Peru. Rather than offer a “how to” guide for engaging at the intersections of Indigenization and internationalization, in this session we will offer several frameworks that can prepare educators with the intellectual, affective, and relational dispositions, capacities, and stamina to both: (1) identify possibilities for ethical engagements rooted in respect, reciprocity, trust, accountability, and consent; and (2) hold space for the inevitable complexities, questions, and tensions of this work in more critically informed, contextually relevant, and relationally rigorous ways.


Jessie Sutherland, international speaker, trainer, and consultant. Jessie works with organizations and communities to engage diversity, foster intercultural collaboration, and generate community-led change approaches that effectively address a wide range of complex social problems. She holds an M.A. in Dispute Resolution, is the founder of Intercultural Strategies, and is the innovator of the award-winning Belonging Matters dialogue and capacity-building program. Jessie is also a TEDx speaker and is the author of the best-selling book, Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out.


Dr. Sharon Stein, Sharon Stein is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Education at the University of British Columbia. Her scholarship brings critical and decolonial perspectives to the study and practice of internationalization, decolonization, and sustainability in higher education. Through her research and practice, she seeks to interrupt common colonial patterns of educational engagement.

Dr. Cash Ahenakew, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples’ Well-Being, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at the University of British Columbia. He is Cree and a member of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation. His research addresses the complexities at the interface between Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledges, education, pedagogy, and healing.


Patrick Aleck, is from Stz’uminus First Nation and Penelakut Island , but grew up in Snuneymuxw Territory and lives in the past twenty years. Patrick is a traditional song composer and recently won the Emerging cultural leader award From the City of Nanaimo in 2020. He is a motivational speaker and speaks about over coming Barriers with living with cerebral Palsy and his Indigenous intergenerational healing journey.

To register for this event, please click here.

* You will be automatically registered to the three parts of this series occurring on March 3rd, March 10th, and March 24th upon filling out the registration form.

** Each event is designed as a workshop. Attendees are encouraged to participate in activities planned for group discussion and interaction with speakers.
*** Speaker presentations will be recorded, activities and breakout discussions will not.

For more information, please contact events@bccie.bc.ca