U of M to review Indigenous self-identification system, strengthen and standardize protocols

January 6, 2022
The University of Manitoba has announced that it will be reviewing how it collects Indigenous self-identification data for jobs and scholarship opportunities that have been created for First Nations, Métis or Inuit people. The move follows concerns about false Indigenous identity claims, writes Maggie Macintosh of the Winnipeg Free Press. The review will address concerns about the insufficiencies of an honour-based self-identification system and will aim to standardize and strengthen protocols regarding applicant identity through working with Indigenous partners and communities. “If we’re not asking people to show proof of Indigenous identity, are we then allowing loopholes that minimize opportunities for equity?” asked U of M vice-president (Indigenous) Catherine Cook. “I think we have a responsibility to look very seriously at that question.” Winnipeg Free Press (MB)