With the release of the University’s Strategic Plan, Achieving Excellence on the World Stage in 2014, Western proudly renewed its longstanding commitment to “improving the accessibility and success in higher education for Indigenous peoples”. As part of this strategic priority, we committed to strengthen our approach to planning and engaging Indigenous peoples at every level of study, work, and research, contributing to the best experiences for Indigenous students, staff, and faculty members. To that end, Western’s Indigenous Strategic Initiatives Committee (ISIC) has developed Western’s first ever multi-year Indigenous Strategic Plan.
On January 23 and 24th 2013, Western’s Aboriginal Education and Employment Council (AEEC), the Office of the Vice Provost (Academic Programs and Students) including Indigenous Services, the Faculty of Social Science including First Nations Studies Program and the Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Initiative (IHWI) collaborated to engage internal and external stakeholders in three interconnected areas:
Western University is a member of Universities Canada (UC), a national voice for Canadian universities representing 97 universities and degree-level colleges across Canada since 1911. On June 29, 2015, Universities Canada released 13 principles on Indigenous education signifying a unified commitment to advancing Indigenous education and supporting Indigenous students in university learning environments. For more information, visit UC's website.http://www.univcan.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/principles-on-indigenous-education-universities-canada-june-2015.pdf
On June 2nd 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada presented 94 recommendations as part of an executive summary of its final report including specific actions to redress what took place in Canada’s residential schools. The recommendations address a wide range of areas including education at the primary, secondary and postsecondary levels, child welfare, justice and corrections, and much more. For more information, please visit TRC website.https://nctr.ca/assets/reports/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf