MSVU draws controversy for assigning non-Indigenous prof to residential schools course

May 16, 2018

Mount Saint Vincent University has seen controversy arise around the assignment of a non-Indigenous professor to a course about Canada’s residential schools, CBC reports. While the decision initially attracted intense criticism on social media from activists who asserted that only Indigenous scholars should teach Indigenous courses, the National Post states that the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship has countered that a professor’s merit must be considered on academic grounds alone. Sherry Pictou, a Mi’kmaq professor, told CBC that she supports settler allies who teach Indigenous courses, adding that the work of decolonizing the university "cannot fall just on the backs and labour of other Indigenous academics." National PostCBC (1) | CBC (2)