SFU pledges to move forward on reconciliation recommendations

October 18, 2017

Simon Fraser University says that it will spend $9M over the next four years to help implement recommendations from its Aboriginal Reconciliation Council. Council Co-Chair Chris Lewis spent months performing consultations both on and off the SFU campus to help shape the recommendations. “It was the first step in terms of  transforming SFU to make sure that it's a welcoming place for our Indigenous students and for all students that they can hear our songs, witness our ceremonies and protocols,” said Lewis. The report includes 33 calls to action that are organized into four clusters: creating safe and welcoming spaces for Aboriginal peoples; curriculum innovation and Indigenization; student pathways and support; and administration, hiring, and project implementation. The Council delivered its findings this Monday in a traditional Coast Salish witnessing ceremony. CBC