Cumberland becomes first Canadian institution to sign Declaration of Canadians for a New Partnership

July 13, 2016

Cumberland College's Board of Directors and First Nations and Métis Advisory Panel have recently passed the motion to sign the Declaration of Canadians for a New Partnership (CFNP), reportedly making it the first postsecondary school in Canada to do so. The declaration established by CFNP pledges to “build a new partnership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples of this country—a partnership based on the principles of mutual respect, peaceful co-existence and equality,” and aims to bring people together in a national dialogue. Cumberland established an indigenization initiative in 2015 as part of its strategic plan and has plans to implement Elders-in-residence programs at all three campuses this fall.