TRC Chair says universities must do more to enhance understanding of Aboriginal people

June 2, 2015

At this year's Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Chair Justice Murray Sinclair told Canada's universities that they have a critical role to play in moving toward reconciliation. Sinclair said many Canadians "constantly demonstrate a total lack of understanding ... about who Aboriginal people are ... and what non-Aboriginal society has contributed and done to Aboriginal people that has caused the situation to be what it is." He said that the TRC is concerned that PSE institutions are graduating students who lack an understanding of what Aboriginal people have to contribute. Following Sinclair's speech, the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) announced the adoption of the Touchstones of Hope Principles and Processes, 5 core principles that will guide its work on reconciliation. Globe and Mail | CFHSS News Release