Teach international students about Indigenous issues to encourage reconciliation: Opinion

April 26, 2022
International students need to be educated on Indigenous issues, writes Isaac Garcia-Sitton, executive director of International Student Enrolment, Education & Inclusion at Ryerson University. Garcia-Sitton argues that while domestic students may learn about Indigenous issues during their K-12 education as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, international students do not have access to this education. Since many choose to live their lives in Canada and become landed immigrants, they need support in learning about topics such as residential schools and Indigenous rights so that they can play a role in healing the community. Garcia-Sitton says that since Canada is the third most popular destination for international students, postsecondary institutions should reflect on how they can educate these students to support reconciliation. The Star (Editorial)