Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

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.

View Goals
  • 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


"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