We begin by acknowledging that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq & Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources but in fact, recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.
We are 3rd and 4th-year students at Saint Mary's University with a goal in mind to decolonize our university and the courses that are offered in relation to Indigenous culture, history, beliefs, genocide and worldview. The current courses that we have in regards to the previously mentioned are not taught by Indigenous educators. There are currently no full-time educators employed at Saint Mary’s University who are of Indigenous descent.
We feel that by not having Indigenous faculty members to teach us of their own history as well as their present is equated to the ongoing settler colonization that has devastated Indigenous communities all over Turtle Island. Having non-indigenous educators teach us of Indigenous social issues, culture and way of life is essentially another form of assimilation and colonization.
Furthermore, by having courses that are meant to educate us on Indigenous culture, language, history etc, but are not being taught by Indigenous scholars, we are being robbed of a higher and deeper level of education.
Canada has a very dark past that is often not discussed and when it is, there is a very different picture painted than what actually took place.
Our goal is to have the University incorporate more representation of Indigenous heritage, history and culture into courses and to have these courses taught by indigenous faculty.
We are calling on Saint Mary’s University and demanding that it does it’s due diligence in the decolonization of the university by creating full time teaching positions for Indigenous faculty members
Please stand with us in this opportunity to reform and restructure an antiquated model of teaching and call for action to the Saint Mary's University by signing this petition to incorporate a class on Residential Schools & The Dark Past of Canada.
The Reform in Education ; A need for Indigenous Educators at SMU petition to Saint Mary's University was written by Rima Saba and is in the category Education at GoPetition.