TRU determines that Indigenous students need more gathering space

January 4, 2019

A two-year research initiative at Thompson Rivers University called the Coyote Project has concluded that Indigenous students need a larger gathering space on campus. “For a lot of [the students] it came down to a sense of belonging here,” said researcher Kelsey Arnouse. “Lots of them weren't from Kamloops, they weren't from the Kamloops area, so they were away from home and it was important to them that they had a home away from home.” CBC adds that while TRU does provide a space for Indigenous students called Cplul'kw'ten, or the Gathering Place, many of the students interviewed by the Coyote Project said that it is not large enough to accommodate everybody who would like to access it. CBC