Carleton University’s Board of Governors passed a motion underscoring its full support for the important work of the Carleton University Strategic Indigenous Initiatives Committee (CUSIIC).

The motion passed unanimously on Nov. 29, 2018 at the board’s year-end meeting.

Announced in October by Carleton President Benoit-Antoine Bacon, the committee will engage the Carleton community and Indigenous communities to develop Carleton-specific recommendations supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.

Committee co-chairs – Prof. Kahente Horn-Miller from the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, Benny Michaud, assistant director of Equity Services, and Jerry Tomberlin, interim provost and vice-president (Academic) – presented the board with an overview of planned activities.

The resulting action plan will be focused on improving the integration of Indigenous knowledge across campus, as well as removing systemic barriers and enhancing academic success for Indigenous students.

Comprised of students, faculty and staff at Carleton and external community representatives, the committee will launch wide-reaching consultation sessions throughout 2019. The feedback from these sessions will inform a draft report in the early fall.

At the board meeting, Bacon thanked the co-chairs for their work in steering the important process.