Study finds UWinnipeg Indigenous course helps students gain deeper awareness of colonial injustices


A study examining the Indigenous course requirement (ICR) at the University of Winnipeg has found that ICR can foster a deeper awareness about ongoing injustices on a systemic level, though students may not always grasp that decolonization is necessary on an individual level. While some students initially thought the course would be a waste of time and many others were only relatively supportive, by the end almost all students were in support of initiatives such as increased government funding for adequate on-reserve housing and a mandated Indigenous history and language curriculum. The report authors noted students who completed ICR tended to view reconciliation as a collective rather than individual responsibility. They encouraged emphasizing to participating students that courses are only the start of their role in reconciliation. Winnipeg Free Press Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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