Sprott Shaw College’s 16 campuses are located across the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish, Nlaka pamux, Okanagan, Secwepemc people. Among the sea, the forests, and the mountains, we are grateful to be guests of these lands and honour the stewards who have cared and will continue to care for these lands since time immemorial.
We are committed to reconciliation and have taken a few steps along this important journey guided by the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Our mission to teach allows us to integrate Indigenous issues and pedagogical approaches into the classroom. By inviting Elders and Knowledge Keepers to teach our students, our students learn from the traditions, cultural practices and wisdom of our Indigenous friends and neighbours (supporting TRC Calls to Action #24).
We are one of a very few post-secondary institutions to be an official partner of the Orange Shirt Society, and we honour residential school survivors, not only annually on September 30, but monthly on the last Thursday of every month. Our National Truth and Reconciliation Day events in the past have included speakers and survivor testimonials (supporting TRC Calls to Action #80).
Our staff are supported in their professional development by participating in funded educational courses on Indigenous worldviews. Our staff are invited to participate in Reconciliation Book Clubs and Movie Clubs to open our eyes and minds to art by and about Indigenous peoples (supporting TRC Calls to Action #62i and #62ii).
We are working toward establishing a partnership with the Moose Hide Campaign to bring more awareness to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
Sprott Shaw offers scholarships for Indigenous students and supports them as they achieve their career goals. Our programs are primarily in health and social services, and we are proud that our Indigenous graduates are bringing their voices to these sectors (supporting TRC Calls to Action #7).
In 2024, we will be launching an Early Childhood Education online program Indigenous stream with embedded artwork, practices, and activities for Indigenous educators and children (supporting TRC Calls to Action #12 and 63iii).
As a matter of course, Sprott Shaw engages in consultation with Indigenous communities, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers, led by self-identified Indigenous Sprott Shaw staff including those with the relevant professional experience and academic credentials.
We celebrate graduation with our Indigenous friends and neighbours blessing the graduates in ceremony. We are uplifted by their voices raised in song and guided by their words.