Reconciliation in the undergraduate engineering curriculum
June 28, 2021
Edited: June 29, 2022
As part of the work of reconciliation in engineering study and practice, Dr. Ian Foulds and Dr. Jannik Haruo Eikenaar have implemented a scaffolded course of study through the four program years of the undergraduate engineering curriculum in the School of Engineering (SOE) at the Okanagan campus.
The project focuses on preparing students to understand why and how to engage in good faith with Indigenous communities in engineering contexts. There is a tremendous need for this understanding: professional engineering practice must be responsive to the legal and ethical demands of consultation and engagement, and through this project Ian and Jannik are preparing the students for a significantly changed work environment.
Complementing the curricular interventions, they have developed co-curricular mini-courses in Intercultural Foundations and Indigenous Foundations. These courses are available to students, staff, and faculty. Additionally, Ian and Jannik host a monthly meeting with members of Aboriginal Programs and Services, faculty from other academic units, and students, staff, and faculty in SOE.
Meet the Developers
Dr. Ian Foulds
As Associate Professor of UBCO's school of Engineering and a UBC Okanagan Principal’s Research Chair in Indigenous Reconciliation in Engineering, Ian is passionate about teaching students how to engage and consult with Indigenous communities in engineering contexts.
As an engineer and member of the Métis Nation British Columbia, Ian understands the importance of connecting engineers and aspiring engineers with Indigenous peoples and culture. Read more here: Ian Foulds (ubc.ca)
Dr. Jannik Haruo Eikenaar
Dr. Eikenaar is an Assistant Professor of UBCO's School of Engineering. He consistently engages students in respectful, inclusive engagement through active, innovative learning strategies.
Through UBC Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Professor of Teaching Agnes d’Entremont has created a MECH 2 course that embeds decolonization in a thoughtful and inspiring way. Learn more and enroll in the MECH 2 EDI Curriculum Demo.
Call to Action
Indigenous people have been speaking their truth for a long time. No longer should we say we have no words. We need to find words and take action. Demand more of yourself and our country. Continue to learn more about Indigenous people, Indigenous issues and Indigenous history. No matter what our disciplines, background or identity, we carry a duty to hear the truth about the genocide of Indigenous people and confront our past. Demand action of yourself.
It is important to recognize the that anti-Indigenous racism is still very present in Canadian academia and everyday life. Get educated by reading Dr. Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond's report: In Plain Sight.