When we change the assimilationist purposes of education in Canada, we are tearing down the structures and barriers that prevent Indigenous Peoples from entering, succeeding, and leading today’s institutions. This is an act of decolonization. We are changing the institutions.
John Fischer is the Director of the Iniskim Centre at Mount Royal University and a Change Leader for Ashoka U. He is Cree from Cowessess First Nation; holds a Master’s in Education, Multicultural and Anti-racism Education; a graduate certificate in Executive Coaching; and spent two years pursuing an Education Doctorate in K-12 Education Leadership. He is passionate about leading institutional change and advancing Indigenous student success. He volunteers as the co-chair of the Indigenous Gathering Place Society of Calgary and as a board member of the Calgary Foundation.