SFU's Faculty of Education Place and Nature-Based Experiential Learning GDE at X̱wáýx̱way (Stanley Park) with Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) Knowledge Holders.

Indigeneity, Truth and Interconnectedness

We believe each of us has an opportunity and a responsibility to better understand and embrace the diversity of Indigenous ways of knowing and being. The Faculty of Education is committed to bringing that interconnectedness and learning to everything we do, and we invite faculty members, students and staff to join in our collective journey. The Office of Indigenous Education is here to support that journey and to provide our community with the opportunities and resources to Indigenize our curricula, programs, and practices within the faculty, across the university and beyond.

Dr. Michelle Pidgeon
Associate Dean, Indigeneity ʔək̓ʷstənəq ts'up'new̓ásentas

Office of Indigenous Education

The Faculty of Education is committed to collaborative work with diverse Indigenous communities and organizations as well as with individual students and educators in a range of rural and urban locations. Our Indigenous focus is inclusive of Indigenous peoples in Canada (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) as well as Indigenous peoples from other countries.

Our vision emphasizes:

  • collaboration and equal partnerships with a diversity of Indigenous communities and organizations,
  • equitable representation of Indigenous people in enrollment across programs,
  • integration of Indigenous content and perspectives across the curriculum,
  • equitable representation of Indigenous people on faculty and staff, support and encouragement of Indigenous research and scholarship,
  • integration of Indigenous awareness and local protocol as part of all faculty and staff orientation, and
  • requirement of anti-racism, multicultural and Indigenous pedagogical approaches as a part of all teacher certification.

Indigenous Learning and Reconciliation Education

Indigenous Programs & Courses

The Faculty of Education offers a diverse range of Indigenous programs and courses that welcome students from across the university. We invite you to explore with us.

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Resources for Indigenous Students

From on-campus resources, listening and guidance, to funding and financial support, we’re here to help you on your educational journey. We welcome all and make room for everyone.

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Our community engaged research strategy is built on asking the question "how is the community better because of our work?" Each of our Indigenous education researchers focuses on areas related to Indigenous knowledge, culture and language, asking questions and finding solutions for the betterment of society.

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Indigenous Education and Reconciliation Council (IERC)

The Indigenous Education and Reconciliation Council provides guidance and recommendations on matters relating to Indigenous activities and goals within the Faculty of Education to ensure congruence and support the collective vision.

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Stories and Events

  • September 30, 2022

    September 30, 2022

    An inspiring conversation with award-winning author Monique Gray Smith, a self-guided tour of various resources, books and films, as well as a fireside chat with Indigenous knowledge holders and artists Angela and Gabriel George – these were just some of the highlights of the inaugural Indigenous Education Week hosted by the Faculty of Education between September 26 – 30, 2022

  • September 26, 2022

    September 26, 2022

    Dr. Kris Magnusson, Dean, invites all Education students, staff and faculty to participate in Indigenous Education Week (September 26-30).

  • October 12, 2022

    October 12, 2022

    We invite all Indigenous students in the Faculty of Education to come have tea with ‘aunties’ and ‘uncles’. Upcoming event dates: November 16 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM (Surrey), January 18 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM, February 15 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM

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If you have questions about Indigenous learning, research or available resources, we are here to help.