Dal task force advises institution to implement verification process for Indigenous staff, students 


A task force at Dalhousie University has advised the institution to verify claims of Indigenous ancestry or identity made by staff and students. The task force recommended using a verification process where a status card or other documentation could be submitted, which CBC reports is similar to what has been implemented at the University of Saskatchewan and for Dal’s Faculty of Medicine Indigenous Admissions Pathway. “The university needs to take responsibility for its role and its overreliance on self-identification policies, which have left the door open to issues like Indigenous identity fraud,” said task force chair Dr Brent Young, who is Anishinaabe and was raised in Mi’kma’ki. Dal told CBC that it is “committed to working through the recommendations.”

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