Algonquin launches DARE6 initiative to promote Truth, Reconciliation

March 11, 2020

Algonquin College has launched a corporate partnership initiative with PCL Constructors Canada Inc to help further the College’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation. The DARE6 concept is based on an Indigenous governance model derived from the Iroquois, or Haudenosaunee, Confederacy. Algonquin Vice President of Truth, Reconciliation & Indigenization Ron (Deganadus) McLester described how Algonquin drew on the history of the Iroquois Confederacy in wanting to establish special partnerships between the College and half-a-dozen corporate stakeholders – hence, the DARE6 name. At the kick-off ceremony, PCL committed to donating $216K to reconciliation efforts over the next six years. “Today is a celebration of a long-standing relationship that PCL and Algonquin College have already built together,” said Algonquin President Claude Brulé. Brulé described DARE6 as “a unique opportunity to build on a partnership that will create new paths to engagement.” Algonquin (ON)