As the largest Faculty in one of Canada’s leading universities, Arts & Science has a central role to play in answering the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). In order to effectively address the cultural genocide that took place in residential schools and ongoing structures of colonialism, Arts & Science must become a place where Indigenous languages, forms of cultural expression, systems of knowledge, theories and research methodologies are transmitted and are critically and rigorously studied at the most advanced levels.
Representing an important step forward, a Working Group on Indigenous Teaching & Learning was established by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science in the summer of 2016. Through in-depth discussions and facilitated activities over the 2016-2017 year, the Working Group developed 20 Calls to Action. These Calls to Action are all consistent with the Mission and Purpose of the University. They are outlined in this document under the seven key themes:
- An Indigenous College for U of T/Arts & Science
- Supporting the Centre for Indigenous Studies
- Divisional Leadership
- Enhancing Support and Services for Indigenous Students
- Curricular Changes
- Training for Faculty and Staff
- Responding to this Report
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