First Peoples and Higher Education in Estrie

Ever since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, interest in Aboriginal issues has been on the rise in Canadian colleges and universities.

In recent months, it has become apparent that many members of the PRESE institutions are taking an interest in a diversity of aspects surrounding Aboriginal issues:

•    Recruitment and perseverance of First Peoples students at the college and university levels

•    Support of achievement and cultural safety

•    Promotion of Aboriginal languages and cultures

•    Integration of historical and cultural content pertaining to First Peoples within the curricula of various programs (particularly at the primary and secondary levels)

•    Research on various topics relating to First Peoples

Discussion group

The PRESE proposed to bring interested individuals together and provide them with a common venue for reflection by creating a theme-based discussion group. A first meeting was held in February of 2019, enabling some 50 Aboriginal and other attendees from PRESE member institutions to network and discuss their interest in inter-institution collaboration. The attendees were professionals who support Aboriginal students, as well as teachers, professors, research students and outside partners.

Already, a number of activities and initiatives relating to First Peoples have taken place in PRESE member institutions in the last few months, including a roundtable organized by PRESE in March at UdeS.

If you would like to receive information on this group, please contact the PRESE Coordinating Office.