Citing SMU’s failure to Indigenize, two Indigenous faculty quit

June 26, 2018

Two Indigenous faculty members are leaving Saint Mary’s University out of frustration with the institution’s Indigenization efforts, reports APTN. Literature Professor Sandra Muse Isaacs stated that she will leave because of the university’s lackluster response to the murder of Loretta Saunders, a student who was killed in 2014 while researching missing and murdered Indigenous women. According to Isaacs, SMU struck a task force to “enhance the indigenization of the academy” in the wake of Saunders’ murder, but has yet to make any substantial changes. Diane Obed, a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, cited SMU’s “unwillingness to create safe space for Indigenous students” as the catalyst for her departure. APTN News | Hamilton Spectator(CP)