I wanted to reiterate our commitment to the University of Waterloo’s efforts to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. This is an important national issue in which the University of Waterloo must play an integral role by bringing new initiatives and by making meaningful changes on our campus to eliminate obstacles faced by, and amplify the perspectives of, our Indigenous students, faculty and staff.
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.