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Still Thriving: Supporting Indigenous Post-secondary Students during COVID-19

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THE ISSUE Social distancing protocols have greatly impacted how staff and faculty of post-secondary institutions can meaningfully support Indigenous students. As many colleges and universities closed their doors in response to COVID-19, supporting Indigenous students has been a challenge for many of those who play a vital role in fostering their well-being and success. Despite the many challenges emerging from this unprecedented time, staff and faculty continue to creatively support Indigenous students in meaningful ways. Hopeful practices have emerged from the ability to adapt to meet the new demands of a more virtual world. The changes in program delivery coupled with social distancing measures requires staff and faculty to rethink how Indigenous students will be supported in the future. It is important that universities and colleges across Canada understand how COVID-19 has impacted Indigenous students from application process to graduation. In order to identify common challenges and find ways to overcome them, staff and faculty from across the country participated in a virtual knowledge sharing event. From this event emerged recommendations for how colleges and universities can support First Nations, M├ętis, and Inuit students during COVID-19 and beyond.

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