FNU, NIUSLA release findings from first National Indigenous Identity Forum

The First Nations University of Canada and the National Indigenous University Senior Leaders’ Association (NIUSLA) have released a report containing the findings from the inaugural National Indigenous Identity forum. The forum discussed Indigenous perspectives on identity, citizenship, and validation practices for Indigenous-specific opportunities at postsecondary institutions. “It became clear that we needed to shift the narrative away from identity towards citizenship,” said FNU Senior Policy and Strategic Officer Meika Taylor. “As sovereign nations, Indigenous communities hold inherent rights to determine the citizens of their communities. This moves us beyond the question of ‘how do you self-identify?’ to ‘what nation do you have citizenship with?’, in essence, who claims you?” Another event will be held at FNU this fall to continue the dialogue. Nation Talk| FNU Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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