Dignitaries from the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, the federal government and the provincial government were on hand to sign an agreement to transfer 690 hectares of land from the western part of Batoche back to Métis people of Saskatchewan. (Trever Bothorel/CBC News)
“Inuit expect to see and hear Inuktut in all aspects of our lives. Recognizing Inuktitut as an official language on Facebook, equal to English and French, reinforces the legitimacy of our language,”
-Aluki Kotierk, president of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI)
“No language will survive unless there are schools in the language,
And I’m not talking about teaching the language. I’m talking about learning in the language.”
– Andrea Bear Nichols
The seven recommendations in the report include the development of a department of Indigenous studies. They also call on the university to establish a validation policy for Indigenous faculty that — at minimum — should include citizenship or membership cards, plus a professional reference and references from a family member and an elected First Nation, Inuit or Métis leader. The report’s authors said the university needs to address staff who don’t meet the new requirements, from finding them alternate assignments to firing them.