Bylaws and Policies

Political Policy Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Expires April 2019

1 Facts

  1. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission came forward with “Calls to Action” that are relevant to all Canadians.
  2. As the Students’ Union, we have a mandate to improve the undergraduate experience at the U of A.
  3. The U of A Students’ Union should adopt Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Repot that directly relate to the undergraduate experience at the University of Alberta.
  4. The education and employment gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students should be eliminated.
  5. The backlog of Aboriginal students seeking post-secondary education must be dealt with.
  6. Aboriginal language programs are important for the University of Alberta to offer.
  7. Students in certain areas of study should have mandatory aspects of their degree to deal with Aboriginal people’s reconciliation.
  8. There should be funding available to those that wish to integrate indigenous knowledge into the classroom.
  9. Undergraduate students will benefit from the increased ability to do research on understanding reconciliation.
  10. University of Alberta Museums and Libraries should work collaboratively with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

2 Resolutions

  1. The Students' Union will advocate that the provincial and federal government create and sustain financial assistance programs that seek to increase enrolment of Aboriginal students.
  2. The Students’ Union will advocate that the funding cap on the Post- Secondary Student Support Program be lifted such that aid will be given to all eligible students.
  3. The Students’ Union advocates that the University of Alberta offer courses and course content on multiple Aboriginal languages.
  4. The Students’ Union will consult appropriate campus stakeholders with the intention of integrating mandatory courses in Aboriginal Studies for the faculty of Law, Medicine and Dentistry, Nursing; St. Stephen’s and St. Joseph’s College; and the Faculté St. Jean Education.
  5. The Students’ Union will further advocate that all other degree programs mandate Aboriginal course content in relation to that degree.
  6. The Students’ Union advocates for funding from the provincial and federal governments, as well as the University of Alberta to be given to those that seek to integrate indigenous knowledge into their curriculum.
  7. The Students’ Union will advocate for the creation of new undergraduate research funding surrounding the understanding of reconciliation.
  8. The Students’ Union will advocate that University Museums and Libraries share all relevant documents and records relevant to the history and legacy of the residential school system with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.