By Dan Rubinstein
Photos by Fangliang Xu and Chris Roussakis

Five years ago, Canada took an important step toward a long-term goal.

On Dec. 15, 2015, after hearing from more than 6,000 witnesses over seven years, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its final report with the warning: “Getting to the truth was hard, but getting to reconciliation will be harder…”

Kinàmàgawin

Last May, as part of a movement to support Indigenous learners and bring Indigenous knowledge into classrooms in the wake of the TRC, the Carleton University Strategic Indigenous Initiatives Committee (CUSIIC) released its landmark Kinàmàgawin report.

Kinàmàgawin — which means “learning together” — was the result of an 18-month collaborative process and culminated in 41 Calls to Action addressing community engagement; Indigenous student support; student experience; ways of teaching and learning; culture, systems and structure; research and innovation; and metrics.

“The ultimate goal of the work we’re all engaged in is to support Indigenous students by creating culturally relevant and resonant experiences in the classroom and in the broader campus community,” says Benny Michaud, director of Carleton’s Centre for Indigenous Initiatives (CII) and one of CUSIIC’s co-chairs, along with Prof. Kahente Horn-Miller from the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies and Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Jerry Tomberlin.

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