Fulfilling our national agreement with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, we have established the country's first research centre dedicated to studying the impact of the Canadian Residential School System.
We will ensure that Indigenous perspectives, traditions, and priorities are integrated into the foundations of our Faculty of Law by establishing a research chair in Aboriginal Law.
We will designate a dedicated fund to provide scholarships and bursaries, establish earlier connections with Indigenous youth through mentorship and outreach programs, and facilitate the transition from early years through to post-secondary education.
We will increase the capacity of programs with proven records of support and success, such as the Engineering Access Program and Aboriginal Business Education Partners.
“Education is the path towards economic freedom and wealth for Indigenous Peoples. At U of M we pledge to do our share to build a strong Aboriginal middle class. Our shared future demands no less.”
Ovide Mercredi, LLB/77 Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
“It’s going to take time, but I think the only answer is education.”
Derek Riley, BComm/43, CA/49 Supports the Derek Riley Bursary and the Derek Riley Mentorship Initiative Rec and Read Program