COTR launches Indigenous Advisory Committee to support reconciliation

College of the Rockies is launching an Indigenous Advisory Committee to support the college’s commitment to reconciliation. The committee—which will be composed of college representatives, First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, and the Ktunaxa Nation Council—will provide Indigenous partners with a platform to advocate for their educational needs. It will use a distinctions-based approach, which acknowledges the specific rights, interests, priorities, and concerns of each group while respecting and acknowledging these distinct peoples. Chief Barbara Cote (Shuswap Band) highlighted the importance of ensuring students feel a sense of belonging at their place of learning: “Having the positive supports in the College helps them to discover more about themselves and to achieve their goals in education for their future independence.”