Source: Ontario’s Universities
Summary: With a shared commitment towards advancing reconciliation, Ontario’s universities continue to work to better support Indigenous voices and peoples in university environments across the province.
The insights within the sector-driven report, Lighting the Fire: Experiences of Indigenous Faculty in Ontario Universities – the first of its kind in Canada – will serve as an important step towards gaining a deeper understanding into the experiences of Indigenous faculty members at our institutions.
While Indigenization initiatives vary across universities, they help fuel the development of knowledge and skills that will follow individuals beyond university walls.
From inclusion to fundamental transformation, Ontario’s universities are:
- Increasing the number of Indigenous students, faculty and staff in university settings;
- Offering support programs for students;
- Bringing cultural elements into the university space, including practices such as smudging and events such as powwows; and
- Adjusting aspects of university structures and spaces in order to more fully include Indigenous peoples and cultural practices, and more.