ReconciliAction is an Indigenous-led student campaign that strives to work with university administrations to implement the 16th call to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
ReconciliAction is an Indigenous-led student campaign that strives to work with university administrations to implement the 16th call to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This is the only one which pertains specifically to post-secondary institutions, and reads as follows:
“We call upon post-secondary institutions to create university and college degree and diploma programs in Aboriginal languages.”
Language is an intrinsic part of culture and plays a key role in allowing Indigenous communities to thrive. The preservation and revitalization of Indigenous languages is essential to the processes of reconciliation and anti-colonial organizing. Reconciliation cannot exist while still enforcing colonial languages upon Indigenous populations.
Long Term Goals:
- Implement language degree programs in Indigenous languages
- Lobby the federal government to make investments in support of the creation and sustainability of Indigenous language education
- Increase the number of Indigenous language speakers
- Advocate for the national and provincial recognition of First Nations, Metis and Inuit languages
Short Term Goals:
- Establish working groups on campuses that are focused on the development of and advocacy for Indigenous language programs
- Create a ReconciliAction toolkit that can be used to advocate for language programs and degrees at post-secondary institutions
- Advocate for the hiring of First Nations, Metis or Inuit language faculty in colleges and universities