FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, July 3rd – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) welcomes the work of Canada’s universities in adopting new ‘Principles on Indigenous Education’. Earlier this week, Universities Canada announced that it had developed 13 principles to guide its continued work to enhance access and success for Aboriginal students in higher education.
“We congratulate Universities Canada for their important work in creating these principles for Indigenous education”, said Erik Queenan, CASA Board Chair. “In light of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, these principles are a valuable step towards developing a high education system that will genuinely serve the needs of Indigenous students”.
These principles were released shortly after the tabling of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, which contained a number of recommendations pertaining to Indigenous students and post-secondary education. As a result, all stakeholders have a responsibility to take steps towards implementing the report’s recommendations.
CASA believes post-secondary institutions must work with the federal and provincial governments and Indigenous communities as part of the reconciliation process and to further educational accessibility for Aboriginal peoples. These partners must continue to work together, towards removing cultural barriers that continue to exist for First Nations students pursuing post-secondary education.
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Established in 1995, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit national student organization composed of 21 student associations representing 250,000 post-secondary students from coast to coast. CASA advocates for a Canadian post-secondary education system that is accessible, affordable, innovative, and of the highest quality.
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