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Indigenizing our campus

Mount Royal University is situated in an ancient and storied place within the traditional lands of the Blackfoot People, the Niitsitapi. It is a land steeped in ceremony and history that, until relatively recently, was used and occupied exclusively by peoples indigenous to this place. Mount Royal joins universities across Canada who are committed to the Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Our Indigenous Strategic Plan commits us to:

  • increase participation by Indigenous Peoples in post-secondary education and support their success;
  • indigenize the campus
  • respect and embrace Indigenous knowledge and perspectives
  • build and strengthen partnerships
  • promote culturally responsible and respectful curricula.

With your support, we can continue to be leaders in cultivating a respectful and welcoming environment that prevails over the legacy of colonization. Here are just a few opportunities to help indigenize our campus.

MEG Summer CampAboriginal Science and Technology Education Program (ASTEP):  Enrolment rates at post-secondary institutions for Indigenous students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are low. The ASTEP program, one of only four similar programs in Canada, helps prospective Indigenous students learn about these fields, helps them be successful and supports faculty. As a result, the number of Indigenous students in STEM has more than doubled over the past seven years. ASTEP must continue and grow, but its future is at risk due to funding uncertainty.

“I’ve attended a STEM camp at MRU and really enjoyed my experience. It opened up my eyes to the university science world, and my goal is now to attend a science program at Mount Royal University next year.” MEG Science Camp participant

Academic indigenization: The new Office of Academic Indigenization embeds into curriculum and teaching strategies that honour Indigenous experiences and identities. We need funding to support this work, which includes refreshing the curriculum in the Department of Indigenous Studies, providing faculty with professional development, developing programs and engaging with the community. This critical work will ensure that ALL students at Mount Royal University have an education that is integrated with Indigenous pedagogies and ways of knowing.

Indigenous Library programs and collections: The Library creates opportunities for the campus and community at large to gather and discuss Indigenous issues. The Library wants to create digital projects and specialized collections that support and integrate Indigenous teachings and practices, and honour Indigenous experiences and identities. With your help, we can fund these important projects and collections.

Indigenous student housing: Affordable housing is a significant barrier for students. Stereotypes make it harder for Indigenous students and is worse when students have a family. We want to remove this barrier by providing Indigenous students and their families with more on-campus housing. Our unique-in-Canada strategy sees Indigenous students (singles and families) receive stable housing grants; programs to support student success and a goal to increase the number of family housing units from eight to ten.

"I got into housing three years ago and it came at a time I really needed it. I was so grateful for this opportunity. It was a very selective process. Almost 30 students applied for the same house, so I was very humbled to find out that my family had been chosen. Everything went up for us; it was a real pivotal point in my life. My self-esteem and self-advocacy increased and I definitely became more confident in my studies." Debbie Crazyboy, Bachelor of Education