Progress Highlights from 2016–17
Connects to Goal 4.1, Strategy i
The University of Alberta has been working towards implementing the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Executive Summary in a thoughtful, meaningful and sustainable way. With that goal in mind, the Office of the Provost & Vice-President (Academic) has established an Indigenous Initiatives Office. The office has been busy: establishing three variations of territorial acknowledgements in both English and French; commissioning the Sweetgrass Bear, a sculpture by Indigenous artist Steven Steinhauer; and organizing the Building Reconciliation Forum, a two-day leadership forum dedicated to research that is meaningful to Indigenous people.
Connects to Goal 4.3, Strategy ii
In 2016-17, the university saw a 9.6 per cent increase in self-identified Aboriginal student enrollment, compared to the previous year. Applications rose 16 per cent and the number of new-to-university Aboriginal applicants increased by 20 per cent, the largest yearly increase since 2011.
Connects to Goal 4.4, Strategy i
In June 2017, the university took another step forward by signing a memorandum of understanding with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR). As part of the agreement, the university will contribute its Indigenous archival material to the NCTR’s collection and conduct further research into residential school experiences.