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Indigenization efforts vary widely on Canadian campuses, study finds – UA

Institutions have focused mainly on Indigenous inclusion, but that’s only one end of a spectrum of policies needed for reconciliation, researchers argue.

When it comes to Indigenization at Canadian universities, most have focused on Indigenous hiring and student recruitment, with few making progress on long-term commitments that Indigenous education experts say are key to Indigenizing the academy. That’s the overall conclusion of a survey carried out by two researchers at the University of Alberta.

The concepts of “Indigenization” and “Indigenizing the academy” have been around for several decades. However, it wasn’t until Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission published its calls to action in 2015 – with specific directives for postsecondary institutions – that the terms found wide use among university administrations in this country. In the months and years that followed the TRC’s final report, the majority of universities announced initiatives to support Indigenization. These ranged from Indigenous course requirements and the hiring of Indigenous faculty, staff and administrators, to Indigenous-run spaces for student support and Indigenous-led research centres. But the development, goals and impacts of these projects varied widely.

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