Webinar | Dialogues on Decolonization for International Education: Part Two

Date: Mar 10, 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 2: Examining the Present: Interpreting and Embracing the Anticipated Tension and Opportunity of Indigenization and Internationalization

This session will start by centering the values and principles that are inherent within an Indigenous framework but not necessarily exclusive to Indigenous people. Participants will be invited to consider the application of Indigenous people’s ways of being and doing from their respective principles and traditions. Centering our exploration of each ‘other’ in this regard offers a portal for dialogue to uncover the synergy within the practice of internationalization and Indigenization, and for recognizing the discrepancies. It is through this personal method of inquiry that we can start to build relations based on mutual understandings and respect leading to a responsiveness to address structural inequalities in our professional practice.


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.


Sharon Hobenshield, Ha-Youly, Sharon Hobenshield’s traditional name is Ha-Youly and belongs to the Wilp Malii from the Gitxsan First Nation on her mother’s side and is of German ancestry on her father’s side. She has a B.A., B.S.W., M.Ed. and EdD. Her dissertation titled, Haq wil la hlo is sim: Walk Slowly on the Breath of your Ancestors was an examination of gift giving within Post-Secondary Education. Sharon has worked at Vancouver Island University since 2006 as the Director of Indigenous Education and Engagement. Prior to that she worked in the field of social services and education, working and teaching with both urban and rural Indigenous communities throughout the province of BC. She believes strongly in the spirit and resiliency of Indigenous people and advocates for Indigenous led program development and community relevant services to support Indigenous learners’ access and success in their learning journeys.

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.