A Dialogue With Indigenous Peoples

We acknowledge that we are located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories. We also acknowledge that the peaceful and respectful meeting of Indigenous and French-Canadian peoples gave rise to the Métis nations and communities of North America.

We acknowledge the mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to moving forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in the same spirit of peace, sharing and collaboration that guided our French-Canadian and Indigenous ancestors.

Université de Saint-Boniface recognizes that postsecondary institutions must take the lead in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls for action. We have taken steps in this direction, including the decision to be a signatory to the province’s Aboriginal Education Action Plan. Presently, we wish to develop an institutional vision and create a global operational plan adapted to our reality as a minority institution rooted in specific territorial and historical context.

The following sections outline our reflections, commitments and ongoing projects. Our focus is on using dialogue and education, with a respectful and genuine approach, as we advance toward Francophone-Indigenous reconciliation..

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