Indigenous Education Blueprint Comes Into Effect

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The University of Winnipeg is just one of several Manitoba post-secondary institutions to sign onto the Indigenous Education Blueprint, otherwise known as “the Manitoba Collaborative Indigenous Education Blueprint For Universities, Colleges and Public School Boards: Making Excellence in Indigenous Education a Priority”. As of December 18th, 2015, the university is officially a partner in the effort to introduce recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Other schools that have signed onto the agreement include Brandon University, Université de Saint-Boniface, Canadian Mennonite University, University College of the North, Red River College, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, Assiniboine Community College, and the University of Manitoba.

According to a release from Brandon University, “The next steps will be for the partners to establish a steering committee that will prepare an implementation plan as they work toward the blueprint’s 10 objectives.” In addition to the universities and colleges, the Manitoba School Boards Association has also signed the agreement, committing all of the secondary schools in the province to the same goals. This is one of the first major institutional actions in Canada following the December 15th release of the final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

You can read more about the Commission and its findings by visiting its website here.

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