TRU working with Secwépemc scholars on Indigenous verification rules


Thompson Rivers University is working with Secwépemc scholars, elders, and knowledge keepers to define a method for verifying Indigenous identity. TRU Provost and VP Academic Dr Gillian Balfour said that the consultations currently focus on the university’s hiring practices, but that the verification method may be extended to students as well. “The intention is that we would be able to have a welcoming approach to all Indigenous peoples to be at TRU and would not exclude people,” said Balfour. “It’s about ensuring that people are here, receiving all the privilege and resources and support that they are entitled to, following verification of identity.”