Ottawa, June 5, 2015 – Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) issued the following statement on the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada, which delivered its final report earlier this week.
“On behalf of colleges and institutes across Canada, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the TRC and all those who shared their stories to shed light on one of the darkest chapters of our national history. They have given us much to reflect upon but we welcome this opportunity to work together towards a meaningful reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
“The report of the TRC is important for all Canadians, but it is of particular relevance to educators across the country. The Commission states on many occasions that education will be key to overcoming the painful legacy of the residential school system. It is indeed one of the strongest tools at our disposal to foster greater understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
“In December of 2014, CICan launched its Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes, which 31 of its members across the country have already signed. This important document provides a framework for how colleges and institutes can contribute to reconciliation through principles such as: inclusive governance structures, the indigenization of curriculum, training on Indigenous cultures and history to increase understanding and reciprocity among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, making Indigenous cultures more visible on campuses and building on strong partnerships with Indigenous communities in support of self-determination.
“The important work of the TRC only strengthens our resolve to make Indigenous education a priority. Colleges and institutes have an important role to play in the reconciliation process outlined by the Commission and will be proud to answer its call to action.”
Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. Our members work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. The Association operates in 29 countries via 12 offices around the world.
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