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CAUT Bulletin Archives

September 2015

Universities in the followup of reconciliation

In the wake of the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Universities Canada has adopted a set of principles to close the education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

Among the 13 principles announced in June are the recognition of the “importance of indigenization of curricula through responsive academic programming, support programs, orientations and pedagogies” and the “importance of Indigenous education leadership through representation at the governance level and within faculty, professional and administrative staff.”

The 97 member universities of UC further recognize “the importance of providing greater exposure and knowledge for non-Indigenous students on the realities, histories, cultures and beliefs of Indigenous people in Canada.” Less than 10 per cent of Indigenous people in Canada have a university degree, compared to 26.5 percent of non-Aboriginals.