At Simon Fraser University, we live and work on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Members of the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council

Walk this Path with Us

The SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council (SFU-ARC) engaged in discussions about how the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be addressed at the University.

Simon Fraser University has committed $9M toward projects to promote reconciliation within the SFU community. 

The final report was presented during a ceremonial event on Oct. 16 at SFU’s Burnaby campus. The ceremony, rooted in Coast Salish indigenous tradition, celebrated and witnessed the work of everyone who contributed.

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SFU hosts First Nations witnessing ceremony highlighting reconciliation report calls to action 

Simon Fraser University took a major step forward on the road to reconciliation this October when the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council presented its final report to the University.

The report, Walk This Path With Us, was formally transferred to SFU President Andrew Petter in a traditional Coast Salish witnessing ceremony attended by First Nations and Metis peoples, government representatives, students, faculty, staff, and members of the broader community. See photos from the ceremony

The real work begins now as the University begins to move forward on implementation. The implementation of the recommendations will be guided by the principles of the ARC report.

The co-facilitators for this initiative are:

Ronald Johnston
Director, Office of Indigenous Education, Faculty of Education
Pro Tem (Acting) Director, Office for Aboriginal Peoples

Sobhana Jaya Madhavan
Associate Vice President, External Relations

 

 

Report & Open Forum Feedback

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.

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 hosted an open forum in July at which the Council heard final in-person feedback, presented highlights of the final report and the Calls to Action (CTAs), and presented details regarding the official handover ceremony in the Fall.

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Consultations

The SFU-ARC has consulted broadly with the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities both on and off campus, and has developed a set of recommendations to guide the University in targeting the funds in ways that will support reconciliation efforts over the next three years.

Why reconciliation is important to SFU

As an educational institution, SFU has a particular responsibility to acknowledge the systematic damage that was done to Aboriginal communities and people through residential schools, and to work to address that damage.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission described the reconciliation process as a means to rebuild relationships. Working toward reconciliation is difficult, emotional work. We hope that the projects and ideas generated by the SFU-ARC will move us along the path toward reconciliation and a renewed, positive relationship with our Aboriginal communities.

Learn more

If you have not yet read the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we encourage you to do so. The Calls to Action are of particular relevance to the work of the SFU-ARC.

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