First Nations, Aboriginal Reconciliation Council

Open Letter to SFU Community - Feedback Invited on SFU’s Aboriginal Reconciliation Council (ARC) Report

June 22, 2017
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***This message is from Chris Lewis and Dean Kris Magnusson, ARC Co-chairs*** 

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has participated in or followed the work of SFU’s Aboriginal Reconciliation Council (ARC). Over the past 10 months, ARC has heard many ideas related to advancing reconciliation on our three campuses. We have consulted broadly with the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities both on and off campus. Through these consultations, we have done our best to summarize and synthesize the community feedback that was received into a final draft report. The recommendations within the report will guide how the university will allocate $9M in strategic funding for projects and initiatives that will support reconciliation efforts over the next three years. 

At this stage, ARC invites brief comments about the report regarding potential errors, misrepresentations, or key omissions. We invite you to visit the ARC website to view the report and to provide your comments within the feedback form up until Friday, July 7 at 4:00 PM.

Link to the ARC website: https://www.sfu.ca/reconciliation.html

The members of the ARC also wish to emphasize that the ARC Report is only the beginning of opportunity for input and change. For continuing and more extensive feedback, the report is recommending a variety of events and committees including campus-wide conferences and educational campaigns (p. 18), a senior Aboriginal leadership and administration position (p. 46), an Institute for Indigenous Dialogue, Governance, and Empowerment (pp. 44, 53), an Indigenous Curriculum Resource Centre and Review Committee (p. 47), and a community liaison officer (p. 53). 

Following submission of community feedback, ARC will host an open forum in mid July at which the co-chairs, Dean Kris Magnusson and Chris Lewis will hear in-person feedback, present highlights of the final report, the Calls to Action, and share plans for the official handover ceremony in the fall.  

Once again, thank you!

Chris Lewis
Kris Magnusson
ARC Co-chairs

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