Okanagan College Indigenization


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“Educate and Collaborate”

Way’ (Hello)

Way' is the Okanagan-Syilx word for a friendly greeting and connotes an acknowledgement that what has happened is done and everything is now possibility.

Welcome to the Okanagan College Indigenization project.

Okanagan College takes its name from the Okanagan-Syilx people and campuses are situated in Okanagan-Syilx and Secwepemc homelands. Indigenous peoples are diverse with distinct languages, lifeways and territories.

Okanagan College respects and acknowledges the Indigenous people in whose homeland each campus is located. Kelowna, Penticton, Summerland, and Vernon campuses are in Okanagan-Syilx territory. Salmon Arm Campus is in Secwepemc territory, and Revelstoke Campus is located where Okanagan-Syilx, Secwepemc and Ktunaxa homelands converge.

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As part of Okanagan College’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020, Okanagan College Governance and Leadership have expressed a commitment to working with, and learning from, the Indigenous Community. As a result of this commitment, the Okanagan College Indigenization Task Force was created with the commitment to collaborate with Okanagan regional area Indigenous communities, student learners (past, present and future) and Elders.

Okanagan College created the Indigenization Task force to show its commitment to Indigenization. The Task force is comprised of individuals from various departments, both faculty and staff, and is led by Dr. Bill Cohen. The Indigenization plan aims to engage and enhance our ties with our Indigenous community members; strengthen the physical, cultural and spiritual spaces at OC; increase Indigenous knowledge and culture within our curriculum, as well as identify potential changes to College policies, structure and processes.

These web pages will be regularly updated with new information.



Contact Information
Bill Cohen -  Project Lead: bcohen@okanagan.bc.ca
Tina Miller - Research Assistant: trfdm@hotmail.com