Addressing false claims of Indigenous heritage: Opinion

March 22, 2021

False claims of Indigenous heritage that take advantage of postsecondary educational opportunities are becoming increasingly common, writes Sarah Jacknife, and need to be addressed by postsecondary institutions. The author explains that non-Indigenous students are increasingly capitalizing on the opportunity to self-declare a Métis Indigenous identity to gain resources such as academic grants, but choose not to speak out about racism or build the community. The article describes how postsecondary institutions need to develop policies to create guidelines about documentation and Indigenous heritage, and to create a process for complex cases. “[S]elf-identification policies need to be developed to ensure that education is accessible to those who need it the most,” concludes Jacknife. CBC (National)