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THE University of Winnipeg senate has approved in principle a motion that will make indigenous learning part of the undergraduate degree requirements for all U of W students.

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THE University of Winnipeg senate has approved in principle a motion that will make indigenous learning part of the undergraduate degree requirements for all U of W students.

The motion was based on a proposed Indigenous Requirement put forth last month by the U of W Students’ Association (UWSA) and the Aboriginal Students’ Council, in consultation with the university’s indigenous advisory council.

It could take effect in the fall of 2016 and cover a wide range of courses among which students could choose to fulfil the mandatory requirement.

“Students will have the opportunity to learn about indigenous perspectives and build positive relations with indigenous peoples,” said Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie, co-president of the Aboriginal Students Council. “This is one step of many we must take together.”

“We are proud to partner with indigenous student leaders to move this initiative forward,” said UWSA president Rorie Mcleod Arnould. “Continuing in this spirit of solidarity is essential as we try to create brighter futures for all communities based on mutual respect and understanding.”

“Today is a good day for the University of Winnipeg — as well as for the broader community: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada,” said Wab Kinew, associate vice-president of indigenous affairs.

“The University of Winnipeg is a leader in indigenous inclusion and we are excited about the positive impact today’s development will have on the upcoming generation of leaders and citizens.”

“We are very proud of the vision and leadership demonstrated by our students,” said university president Annette Trimbee. “We have taken an important step on the path to a better, more understanding, and inclusive society.

“The University of Winnipeg is proud to be a catalyst for positive change.”

 

— staff

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Updated on Friday, March 27, 2015 8:38 AM CDT: Changes headline

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