Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

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Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

Enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work.

This course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work done in classrooms, organizations, communities, and in everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful.

In this course, reconciliation emphasizes changing institutional structures, practices, and policies, as well as personal and professional ideologies to create environments that are committed to strengthening relationships with Indigenous peoples.
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This course is offered by the Office of Indigenous Education.

Quick Info

Length: 6 weeks
Current Dates: September 24 – November 5, 2024
Annual Starts: Jan 30, May 7, Sept 24
Format: Online
Cost: Free
Optional Certificate: $50 USD

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Course Details

Introductory Video

Learn more about this course from the author, Dr. Jan Hare, Faculty of Education Dean pro tem.

Course Details

Designed with educators in mind, this course works to respond to educational reforms that prioritize improved educational outcomes for Indigenous learners. In addition, it recognizes that educators must support all learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous people’s worldviews and cultures as a basis for creating equitable and inclusive learning spaces. To support these goals, teachers, administrators, young people, school staff, and researchers will learn from Indigenous Elders, educational leaders, and culturally relevant learning resources as part of their experiences in this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

For those not part of the education system wishing to build the competence and the capacity of those around them to engage in relationships with Indigenous peoples based on intercultural understanding, empathy, and respect, this course will help get you started in this process.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore personal and professional histories and assumptions in relationship to Indigenous peoples histories and worldviews.
  • Deepen understanding and knowledge of colonial histories and current realities of Indigenous people.
  • Engage with Indigenous worldviews and perspectives that contextualize and support your understanding of the theories and practices of Indigenous education.
  • Develop strategies that contribute to the enhancement of Indigenous-settler relations in schools, organizations, and communities.
  • Explore Indigenous worldviews and learning approaches for their application to the classroom or community learning setting.
  • Engage in personal and professional discussions in an online environment with others committed to understanding and advancing reconciliation.


It is 100% free to audit the MOOC, for anyone. If you wish to pursue a Verified Certificate for your participation in the course, there is a fee of $50 USD. We recommend you read about the Verified Certificate option, and also check with your employer to determine whether or not you should register for the Verified Certificate, to showcase your achievement.

The Verified Certificate is a digital certificate that you can print.

edX now offers financial assistance for learners who want to earn Verified Certificates but who may not be able to pay the Verified Certificate fee. Eligible learners may receive up to 90% off the Verified Certificate fee for a course. To apply for financial assistance, enroll in the audit track for a course that offers Verified Certificates, and then go to:

Please note that all fees are non-refundable. If you have any questions about refunds, please contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a UBC MOOC?

This MOOC is a non-credit online course offered by the University of British Columbia through the open education platform edX. This self-paced course and no real-time events are scheduled. For the full experience, students are recommended to participate regularly in the online discussions.

Can I do a demo before I begin the course?

edx also offers a short demo course, DemoX, that is designed to show new students how to take a course on edX. You will learn how to navigate the edX platform and complete your first course.

How do I start the course?

Once you are registered you simply go to:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the “Sign In” button at top right, enter your login information (email and password)
  3. Click on the course title (IndEdu200x Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education) under “Current Courses”.

If the course title does not appear under “Current Courses” it means your registration is not complete. Just search for the course once you are signed in, and register again.

What is the time commitment?

While this will be unique for each participant, based on the course work the estimated commitment is approximately 2-4 asynchronous hours per week.

Once the course starts, you can progress at your own pace, although assignments will have specific due dates/times.

When does registration close?

If you missed registering before the course begins, you can still register. Note, that there are peer-assessed assignments in this course, which means if you register after the peer-assessed assignment is due, you may not be able to get thoughtful feedback. Nevertheless, you can still access the content without participating in the assignments, up until the end of the course.

NOTE: A Verified Certificate can only be pursued in the first two weeks of the course, and during those two weeks you can switch from Verified to Honour Code and vice-versa (with a refund available too).

Difficulties accessing the course?

Once you set up your account on edX and then selected to register in the course, please ensure that you verify your email address – if you did not receive the confirmation email you may need to check your spam/junk folder. This has to be done before you can log in to edX and begin the course.

Is there other support?

The edX FAQ page answers questions on:

  • edX Basics
  • The Courses
  • Certificates & Credits
  • Account Questions

For any additional support, you can contact edX directly:


Registration is done on the edX website. Go to the course webpage and click on the “Enrol Now” button on the right side. If you don’t have an edX account, you’ll be asked to create one.

NOTE: You must verify your email address before you can log in to edX and begin the course.