This session will feature a conversation about creating culturally safe space in public education. It begins at the individual level and starts with a map, a goal, and a commitment to training. Cultural Safety is an outcome, it requires new pathways in thinking that challenge our understanding of history, standards, norms and privileges. I will present a case for Indigenizing practice and a framework for engagement. In the words of Senator Murray Sinclair “We have described for you a mountain. We have shown you the path to the top. We call upon you to do the climbing”.
Dr. Shelly Niemi is Nehiyaw – Metis Iskwew, and currently holds the role of the District Administrator of Indigenous Education with the Greater Victoria School District No.61. Dr. Niemi has held district leadership role within Indigenous Education within the British Columbia public education system for over 13 years, her doctoral work was focused on Culturally Responsive Leadership and Pedagogy within public education and how CRL can further improve the outcomes for Indigenous students across the education system. Dr. Niemi is a mother, foster parent, WHL Billet Mom, and community volunteer within sports and public safety, she also has a strong connection to the families and communities she serves and the Elders and knowledge keepers she works with.