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Pushing for reconciliation at Concordia – The Concordian

by ahnationtalk on September 11, 201843 Views

September 11, 2018

Indigenous speakers discuss educating students and lifting stigma.

“It should no longer be accepted that people are made ignorant about the truth,” said Diane Labelle, Director of the First Nations Regional Adult Education Center. “It is the responsibility of education institutions to present truth and facts [about history].”

Labelle took the stage at the DB Clarke Theatre on Sept. 6 as part of Orientation Week, hosted by the Concordia Student Union (CSU). The purpose of the event was to show how education can be a tool to promote understanding and to alleviate the stigma around Indigenous communities in Canada.

Labelle outlined a number of suggestions for how Concordia could become indigenized. She called for mandatory sensitivity training related to Indigenous issues for all professors and personnel at the university. She hopes that these workshops will help them better educate their students about Indigenous communities. “Racism is born out of ignorance,” she said. “The omission of history overtime, related to the reality of our lives and who we are, have led to misconceptions that continue to this day.”

Read More: http://theconcordian.com/2018/09/pushing-for-reconciliation-at-concordia/

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