Indigenous voices should be included in all student experiences, not just in certain classes: Editorial

While the reaction to the implementation of compulsory Indigenous-focused courses has been overwhelmingly positive, some people are concerned about how education on Indigenous issues has been siloed into certain areas. University of Manitoba professor and Anishinaabe educator Niigaan Sinclair told CBC that though greater representation of Indigenous voices is positive, it must be done across all disciplines rather than in a select few. “The problem with putting Indigenous perspectives only in … the social sciences or the humanities is that we frame Indigenous peoples often times as problems, as something to be solved,” said Sinclair. Sinclair noted that including Indigenous literature is a good place to start, but argues that “[r]econciliation will only exist in schools when we see it in every aspect of a student’s experience.”