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Action for Indigenous People – U of T Magazine

by ahnationtalk on April 21, 20179 Views

The university aims to hire more Indigenous faculty and staff, recruit more students

The University of Toronto will hire more Indigenous faculty and staff and bolster efforts to recruit Indigenous students as part of what it acknowledges is an “overdue initiative” to expand the university’s Indigenous community. President Meric Gertler and Vice-President and Provost Cheryl Regehr made the commitment earlier this year in response to the final report of U of T’s Truth and Reconciliation Steering Committee, which called on the university to take action in several areas related to Indigenous peoples.

Entitled “Wecheehetowin,” which means “working together” in Cree, the report highlights that the work to be done at U of T will be a collective journey. “Creating this report was a process focused on inclusivity and engagement,” says Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo, co-ordinator of U of T’s Council of Aboriginal Initiatives and co-chair of the committee. “There was a strong emphasis on incorporating a wide range of voices from both the university and the broader community.”

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