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Indigenization

Douglas College acknowledges that our campuses, where we live, learn, work and play, are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples of the QayQayt and Kwikwetlem First Nations.

Douglas College is committed to the engagement process with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to develop a comprehensive post-secondary strategy that responds to the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Calls to Action and United Nations Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) related to post-secondary and training.

The College has launched initiatives consistent with the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan:

  • A project to increase awareness of support for mental health and wellness in Aboriginal communities
  • Initiatives that build cultural awareness and sensitivity toward Aboriginal peoples, their culture and ways of knowing:
    • Indigenous garden built at the New Westminster campus and planted by Elders
    • Establishment of an Aboriginal Speakers Series
    • Creation of an Indigenous Studies Working Group to develop and revise curriculum
    • A community forum on Truth and Reconciliation: Cities and Citizens
    • Creation of enhanced Aboriginal student space at the Coquitlam campus
    • Developing a program for Board Members to enhance cultural knowledge and increase awareness of TRC Calls to Action and UNDRIP.
  • A standard operating procedure for smudging on campus

We continue to seek new opportunities to build understanding and knowledge at all our campuses.