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Release date: June 19, 2020
Sherri Bell, President of Camosun College

In previous years, Camosun College has joined with local communities to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day with activities, including a canoe challenge, on the shore of Esquimalt Lagoon. However, like so many other events, we’ve had to postpone plans for a physical celebration this year due to COVID-19.

We acknowledge the long year Indigenous people have weathered since the last National Indigenous Peoples Day. There have been many challenging days. Still, we see Indigenous students and communities moving forward with purpose and hope, and we are proud to continue our work as a supportive ally.

Camosun’s commitment to serving Indigenous learners remains undiminished. At Camosun and at Eyēʔ Sqȃ'lewen, The Centre for Indigenous Education and Community Connections, we acknowledge, value and recognize, and acknowledge the strength and resilience of Indigenous students and their communities. The college has welcomed more than 1,200 Indigenous students from over 50 Nations.

The college has supported Indigenous education throughout its nearly 50 years and particularly since 1991 when what has since become Eyēʔ Sqȃ'lewen was established. Since 2005, the college has been working with Eyēʔ Sqȃ'lewen to conceptualize, develop and implement Indigenization, including the drafting of the Indigenization Policy.

The Indigenization Policy was formally approved on June 8, 2020. The policy is the result of a lot of hard work by faculty and staff across and within all areas of the college and recognizes the importance of relationships with Indigenous peoples and communities. It is part of the concerted and deliberate effort to move forward towards Indigenous self-determination. The policy reaffirms the college’s support of the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and moving forward on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action.

Camas Pit Cook - October 2019
Camas Pit Cook - October 2019

Camas Pit Cook - October 2019

Last updated: June 19, 2020 8:09 am

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