Truth and Reconciliation

September 27, 2021

Dear Students,

This week we pause and mark the importance of acknowledging the past and the on-going oppression of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. As a School of Public Administration, we feel we have a special responsibility in the way we educate (future) civil servants and community leaders.

Each one of us is in a position to introduce change and I invite you to take at least one action to learn more about the recent past and – so sadly - still the very actual colonialism situation in Canada. It can be to read the report Honoring the Truth, Reconciling for the future, listen to a webinar on Indigenous Governance and Indigenous Rights, read the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, or listen to some live streaming activities. You will find below some resources and also some SPA courses you can take to develop your knowledge and skills for being a positive contributor to this important agenda.

Thank you for your commitment to making our society a just one where human rights are respected.


Astrid Brousselle
School of Public Administration

The Report Honoring the Truth, Reconciling for the future is available here: 
The Calls to Action are indicated pp. 319-337 of the report. I raise your attention on call 57:
57) We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
Other reports and resources can be found on this site: 

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples can be found here: 

A series of webinars organized by researchers and Indigenous community leaders and partners working together on the research project ‘Rebuilding First Nations Governance’, under the leadership of Frances Abele and Satsan Herb George: 

Activities at UVic (including online): 

UVic School of Public Administration courses you can take that will contribute to developing your knowledge and skills for this important agenda:
  • ADMN 330: Indigenous Governance in Canada (Spring)
  • ADMN 331: Governance for Planetary Health (Fall)
  • DR 509: Dispute Resolution System Design and Public Interest Disputes (Fall)
  • DR 516: Access to Justice and Dispute Resolution Systems (Fall)
  • ADMN 583: Culturally Responsive Evaluation (Fall)
  • ADMN 548: Special topics. Governance for Planetary Health (Spring)

Some relevant content has also been introduced in many of our courses.

The School is currently working to get support for creating and funding in the longer term the Diploma, a Professional Certificate and a Minor in Indigenous Governance and Community Development. Stay posted and cross your fingers!