Indigenous Representation Still Matters During COVID-19

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Many colleges and universities across the country have prioritized Indigenous education and representation by incorporating First Nations, M├ętis, Inuit, and Afro-Indigenous perspectives, knowledges, and worldviews throughout campuses. With school closures and social distancing measures enforced, many Indigenization initiatives have been impacted. Some initiatives may have been put off while others may be flourishing in virtual learning spaces. On January 27, 2021, staff and faulty who work with Indigenous students in post-secondary education gathered for a Virtual Sharing Circle to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on Indigenization efforts within their institutions. Discussion prompts within the sharing circles included: What Indigenization initiatives have been put off due to COVID-19? What initiatives are able to flourish at this time? What are some of the barriers preventing these initiatives from flourishing? This report includes the themes that emerged from the sharing circle discussions and is followed by recommendations for post-secondary institutions. Introduction

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