FNUniv interested in organizing Canada-wide dialogue on Indigenous identity

November 23, 2021
First Nations University of Canada President Jacqueline Ottmann is calling for a national dialogue about the centuries-long issue of falsified Indigenous identity. Ottmann shared that FNUniv is considering organizing a discussion given its expertise in the area, and said that institutions must include the voices of local Indigenous communities in their dialogue to see progress. Métis Nation—Saskatchewan has said that the method of Indigenous self-identification at postsecondary institutions no longer works. “There’s limited resources and limited space and positions in academia or in other sectors for Indigenous peoples,” said Ottmann. “So when a non-Indigenous person takes up that space and begins to speak for Indigenous peoples, then that is a significant issue.” CBC | CTV News (SK)