ULethbridge, Lakehead, Brandon U, UOttawa launch new plans and processes to honour reconciliation

The University of Lethbridge, Lakehead University, Brandon University, and the University of Ottawa recently announced new strategies, plans, and administrative processes that respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. ULethbridge developed and adopted the new Iniskim Governance Process, which focuses on supporting students through their academic journey and helping to create employment opportunities for them. The process was developed with guidance from Dr Leroy Little Bear and the university’s Elders in Residence. Lakehead is embarking on a 10-year initiative to revitalize Indigenous languages in and around the institution. The university will spend its first year consulting with the community before rolling out its 5-year and 10-year goals, which will include the creation of Indigenous-language immersion houses on campus and the development of immersion curriculum with First Nations elementary schools. At Brandon U, the new strategic plan draws on Indigenous approaches and has been given the Michif name Mamaawii-atooshke aakihkiwiin, which can be translated as ‘Working Together and Growing.’ The plan focuses on the Indigenous image of a braid, which is a symbol of unification rather than siloed division, and points to increased Indigeneity as a key opportunity for the university to broaden its perspectives and incorporate new ways of viewing the world, knowing, and teaching and learning. The University of Ottawa’s School of Social Work has adopted a resolution to ensure Indigenous knowledge is equally represented in its programs and practices. To do this, the school is implementing initiatives such as involving Indigenous elders in teaching courses and increasing student field placements with Indigenous organizations.

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