History of the forum

Universities Canada has been working to support the efforts of member institutions to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action through federal advocacy for student access and success. Since launching in 2013 their Principles on Indigenous education Universities Canada has organized professional development opportunities on Indigenization, created an Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Indigenous Education, provided online information on university programs and services to support Indigenous students and developed Resources on Canada’s universities and reconciliation.

The national forums are attended by university leaders and administrators, Indigenous faculty, researchers and students, government decision-makers and national and local First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders.

Addressing critical issues

The forums seek to address a number of critical issues, such as:

  • Closing the education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada
  • Building the capacity of the next generation of Indigenous leadership and non-Indigenous allies
  • Promoting governance and advisory roles for Indigenous leadership on campuses
  • Advancing Indigenous research

Previous forum hosts

Read the Universities Canada press release.