CBU discusses Indigenization of Strategic Plan

August 8, 2018

An open forum held by Cape Breton University highlighted both the importance of indigenization and the ways that it could be integrated into its Strategic Plan, reports CBC. Former Misipawistik Cree Nation Chief Ovide Mercredi, the forum’s keynote, stated that the university’s curriculum and administration must make Indigenous people feel like they belong there. "If that's what indigenization now means, then I support it .... We don't need a fancy term to do the right thing,” he said, adding that changes in governance and faculty are also crucial. Rod Nicholls, a faculty adviser for CBU’s Strategic Plan, told CBC that the university also needs to provide better access to Indigenous services and more rigorously integrate Indigenous knowledge into courses. CBC