TRUFA Position Statement on Barriers to Indigenization in Post-Secondary Education, Health Care and Society

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TRUFA Position Statement on Barriers to Indigenization in Post-Secondary Education, Health Care and Society

TRUFA recognizes that educational institutions and faculty associations must take a stronger stance on revealing racism and rectifying systemic barriers to Indigenization. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action (2015) and the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (2019) all identify that post-secondary educational institutions have the responsibility to take a leadership role in dismantling racism and the effects of colonial habits on Indigenous and racialized peoples.

It has been five years since the release of the 94 Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and institutions can do more to answer these calls to action in our communities and in Canadian society in general. While TRU has engaged in some initiatives, such as the Coyote Project, the Reconciliation Talks in the Faculty of Law, adding Indigenous content to Social Work curricula and the School of Nursing implementing an Indigenous focused program goal that enhances a newly revised curriculum, so much more needs to be done.

TRUFA recognizes that we are at a point in our history where Canadians are becoming more aware of the structural barriers to Indigenization and dangers of systemic racism. Recent media attention on the Mi’kmaq Lobster Fisheries (NS), the death of 37-year-old Joyce Echaquan (Que) and an elementary school student who was asked to identify positive events of the Residential Schools (BC).

TRUFA encourages everyone to get involved in the work of decolonizing and Indigenizing higher education as well as working for more equitable and fairer communities.