The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recently released its final report. In the report, it listed a series of “Calls to Action” designed to address the issues raised by the Truth and Reconciliation process. These calls to action touch on a wide range of topics, including health, law, treaty enforcement, self government, and education. In particular, many of these relate to post-secondary education and impact on areas where your Graduate Student Society is active in lobbying and advocacy as part of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA).
TRC Report Summary
Many TRC recommendations already reflect CASA policy; notably those related to fixing the backlog of Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) applicants, as well as eliminating achievement gaps between aboriginal Canadians and the national averages. These are areas which we can continue working on as an organization.
Others recommendations are not currently CASA policy, though they reflect federal areas of responsibility, such as providing funding for groups like the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for research into issues surrounding residential schools and reconciliation. These represent issues that require examination and consultation with other interested stakeholder groups to determine the best paths forward in addressing.
The report also raises many issues that are provincial responsibilities; especially changes to curriculum to add awareness in Law, Medicine and other faculties of aboriginal issues, as well as offering instruction in aboriginal languages. These issues do take on a federal dimension depending on how the area of a first nations university is implemented, as well as when they take on a national, interprovincial dimension.
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