The report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015 was a call to action for all Canadians and organizations to collectively acknowledge the historical treatment of Indigenous populations.
In 2016-17 Mount Allison initiated a range of activities and events under the overarching theme of the Year of Indigenous Knowing. Activities and events were focused on three areas, consistent with Universities Canada’s Principles of Indigenous Education:
- Incorporating Indigenous learning and ways of knowing into the curriculum
- Expanding opportunities and supports for Indigenous students
- Creating learning opportunities for non-Indigenous students and the community at large
In 2017-18 we will build on last year’s formative steps during our Year of Indigenous Action.
- Recruiting resources have been increased to expand our outreach to Indigenous high school students
- The Indigenous Support Group and Mentorship Programs remain in place
- Indigenous Affairs Co-ordinator Doreen Richard (’96) returns as does Elder-in-Residence Gilbert Sewell
- Efforts to indigenize the curriculum continue
- Our President’s Speaker Series will feature Indigenous speakers such as Chief Perry Bellegarde, Ian Campeau of A Tribe Called Red, and Dr. Niigaan Sinclair of the University of Manitoba
For a full list of activities and events planned for the upcoming year, please visit the following links: