Let’s Imagine What’s Possible and Transform Our Universities from Within to Enable Indigenous Scholarship
Congress 2021 blog edition
By Claire Kroening, University of Alberta human geography alumna and communications professional
Universities are human-made, so with willpower and a commitment from administration and faculty, universities can be transformed from within to reflect and support Indigenous knowledge, consciousness and tradition. As moderator President of Vancouver Island University Dr. Deborah Saucier noted, the panel discussion “Enabling Indigenous Scholarship in Canadian Higher Education” gave everyone who attended “much to chew on.”
Panelist Dr. Frank Deer of the University of Manitoba told a story of a young Indigenous student who desperately wanted to ‘see herself’ at her university; however, the climate and culture didn’t provide the space for her, nor was she given support. Dr. Florence Glanfield, Vice-Provost, Indigenous Programming & Research, University of Alberta, echoed this experience saying when she was a young...