Working with Indigenous Communities

Co-Lead: Sue Sterling-Bur, PhD Candidate, Vice President – Students, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

Co-Lead: Dr. Rheanna Robinson, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, First Nations Studies, University of Northern BC

Indigenous peoples have much to teach when it comes to conceptualizing effective and meaningful practices of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Through respectful, reciprocal, relevant, and responsible relationship building, the Indigenous Research Stream will mobilize how Indigenous knowledge, traditions, and teachings have the potential to broaden contemporary understandings of inclusion in Canada, and around the world.

On June 3, 2023 Community Living BC celebrated an historic signing ceremony to commit to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous people. This was an important first step toward meaningful reconciliation which requires an understanding of how Indigenous-specific discrimination intersects with ableism.

Sue Sterling-Bur (front, centre) and Rheanna Robinson (front, left) were pleased to be in attendance.