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Faculty of Education appoints an Indigenous Resurgence Coordinator

Chaw-win-is is the recently appointed Indigenous Resurgence Coordinator (IRC) within the Faculty of Education.

“This position and others initiatives like it across Canada,” says Chaw-win-is, “are a result of the on-going efforts of Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous allies all across Canada who have been generating awareness about colonization within the education system.  The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has highlighted the issue of residential school era as of late and this current government has stated that universities need to take up those Calls to Action, particularly those pertaining to education,” says Chaw-win-is who is Nuu-chah-nulthaht from the Cheklesaht and Tla-o-qui-aht nations.

“Universities are being tasked with creating more a welcoming environment for Indigenous students, faculty and staff, while developing courses that increase awareness about colonization and its impacts on Indigenous peoples,” says the sessional instructor in Indigenous Education. “Acknowledging the unceded territories—the W̱SÁNEĆ homelands—on which this university sits,  is a good place to begin. We need to go further by acknowledging the roots of colonization in terms of theft of land, resources, and through control and marginalization of Indigenous peoples through Canadian laws, policies and systems of violence and oppression that’s on-going today.”

Chaw-win-is received her MA in Indigenous Governance at UVic in 2007 and went on to complete two years in the English department in the Literatures of the West Coast Program. She has been involved in Indigenous Education in various roles, including teaching, community coordinating, intercultural education and Indigenous Language Revitalization for over several years.