TRU is indigenizing university by incorporating Aboriginal ways of knowing and community needs into our scholarship and research, and supporting Aboriginal student success through culturally-relevant services and learning options.
- Increased integration of cultural awareness within curriculum and teaching
- Increased opportunities for intercultural or international experiences for all students
- Increased opportunities to study abroad, including field schools, student and faculty exchange programs, service learning project work, and research
- Increased Aboriginal student participation in study abroad through cohort models, in the contexts of Aboriginal field schools, student and faculty exchange programs, service learning project work, and research, particularly in the context of international Aboriginal partnerships
- Increased international student exposure to Aboriginal, local and regional cultural life and activities
- Programs and curriculum, including interdisciplinary studies, that make visible the history, traditions, and experience of underrepresented groups
- Additional domestic and international degree options, such as dual-, joint-, and Masters degrees, with partner institutions
- International “virtual or distance” projects and collaborations at the research, operational, and assessment stages, including distance study with other Open and Distance universities and other institutions offering multi-modal learning
- Engagement of regional students with the Kamloops campus, including student functions and conferences held in Kamloops, Williams Lake and the Regional Centres
- Language offerings as required to support new program initiatives emerging from the Academic Plan
The Academic Plan in Action
The deep relationship between the Secwepemc people and the traditional lands on which TRU resides is now commemorated on campus with a First Nations territorial marker. Created by Secwepemc artists Rod and Ron Tomma and Mike Peters, the glossy stone territorial marker was installed this month in the revamped north entrance to Old Main, where the glassed-in elevator climbs to the new fourth floor.
Secwepemc Territorial Marker Installed in Old Main
“I expected to have been sad or feel discouraged, however, this experience was the complete opposite for me,” said Plawn. “I became friends with 15 other beautiful, strong and independent women. We have our own Facebook group and continue to motivate one another and follow up with one another’s successes.”
She added: “Throughout this opportunity I learned so much about myself, and have come out very strong and confident. I also get to model for the boutique that sponsored my outfits and they will also be showcasing my pageant photos.”
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On June 26, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada issued an unprecedented decision on indigenous land rights in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, 2014 SCC 44, granting the first declaration of Aboriginal Title in Canadian history.
Supreme Court of Canada rules for indigenous land rights in the Tsilhqot’in case
"Working within a cohort gave us an experience I've found to be valuable within a University setting. The Aboriginal TRU Start program is a unique opportunity to invest in your university career; I would recommend it to all aboriginal students within School District 73."
- Grant Sorensen
Grant Sorensen is a keen, intelligent, ambitious young man. When he was in Grade 12, he was accepted to the Aboriginal TRU Start Program which offers high school students the opportunity to take first year university level classes during their final year of high school.
Currently, he is enrolled in the Business Administration Program with plans to work in the field of marketing and public relations.
Just think - it all started with the Aboriginal TRU Start Program.
Truly a TRU Start
Human rights activist Clemantine Wamariya has gained international attention since her first appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006 to share her experiences of the Rwandan genocide and a childhood spent in African refugee camps.
Since that first visit, when she and her sister were reunited with their long-lost parents, Wamariya has been a guest on Oprah three more times, has graduated from Yale with a comparative literature degree, and was appointed by US President Barack Obama to the board of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Clemantine Wamariya opens International Days at TRU
Three students in the Faculty of Law’s graduating class of 2014 explored important Aboriginal legal and political issues and gained unique practical experience at the 20th Annual Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Law Moot hosted by the Toronto Faculty of Law March 6-9.
The Kawaskimhon Moot is a non-competitive event that challenges teams of law students from across Canada to find ways of reconciling Indigenous and non-Indigenous legal orders and values within the context of a pressing contemporary issue facing Aboriginal peoples today.
TRU students excel at National Aboriginal Law Moot
If Vince Watson, business student and member of TRU’s Intercultural Council, could use one word to describe his university, it would be “colourful”, because TRU embraces diversity in so many ways. Watson encourages local as well as international students to come enjoy all the colours, flavours, textures and sounds.
TRU is colourful: the sights and sounds of International Days
Students, staff and faculty are invited to learn and participate in some of the diverse cultures of First Nations and Aboriginal communities in this region and all over Canada at TRU’s annual Aboriginal Awareness Week. Experience the games, dances, and the sharing of stories and legends.
A week of games, dance and story-telling
For almost 20 years, Canada has dedicated the month of February to the contributions of black Canadians throughout history.
Black History Month originated from “Negro History Week”, developed in 1926 by African-American historian Carter G. Woodson, who chose the second week in February to coincide with the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and slavery abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Through the efforts of the Ontario Black History Society, the Canadian government recognized Black History Month in 1995.
Understanding Canada’s diverse past
Translation: First time at TRU, Russian for beginners
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Montana is an Aboriginal student who enrolled in university level courses while still in high school - a program called Aboriginal TRU Start. Content respects and integrates Aboriginal knowledge. University level courses while still in high school - imagine that.
Can 3 courses change your future? Ask Montana
91 students lived and studied in 21 countries last year through TRU's Study Abroad program.
Where are you going?
"I feel engaged and obligated towards the volleyball team and TRU athletics ... Not only financial support is my motivation factor but also being a TRU student; it’s just great experience. Our university has a really good reputation; whenever I talked to someone this past summer in Vancouver about my school etc. I’ve heard only positive feedback about TRU."
- Christof Orman