Over the past few days, we have heard from many in the campus community on how our nation is doing when it comes to building positive and supportive relationships with Indigenous people.
It is important to acknowledge these voices as well as the perspectives contained in an open letter to Canadian university presidents from Indigenous faculty members and others across the country. The letter calls on all post-secondary institutions to review their current approaches to working with Indigenous people and communities.
Author: Santa Ono, President and Vice Chancellor, University of British Columbia
Earlier this month, I stood before hundreds of people gathered at the University of British Columbia and publicly apologized for the role my university played in perpetuating the Canada’s Indian residential school system, which caused harm to Indigenous people for more than a century.
Many survivors of residential schools were in the audience. As president of UBC, I was privileged to extend this apology to them along with an explanation to my university colleagues as to why the apology was necessary. My remarks were followed by those of two former residential school students and other Indigenous community respondents. Read the entire article.
In an effort to increase communication and understanding on the nature and scope of the Indigenization strategy work happening both in the working groups and in the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, we decided to start bi-weekly updates that will summarize various activities. The inaugural update includes: Click title to read more.