Indigenization’ hits campuses aiming to give students ‘baseline knowledge’ about First Nations, Metis and Inuit – National Post

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December 18, 2015

There’s a new buzzword rolling off the tongues of Canada’s university administrators: indigenization.

Campuses are looking for new ways to welcome aboriginal students, recruit aboriginal faculty members and embed indigenous content in the curriculum. Some schools are even requiring all students — no matter what their specialization — to take at least one indigenous studies course before they graduate.

While many are hailing these developments, some academics are urging schools to proceed cautiously: Don’t lose sight of the whole Canadian story.

“I feel many of our affirmative action projects have to tread lightly,” said Jill Scott, a Queen’s University professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

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