Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Coyote Project

The
Coyote
Project

This is The Coyote Project

The Coyote Project has united all of TRU — nine faculties plus TRU World, Open Learning and the Library — in creating a campus that is welcoming and supportive to all, especially Indigenous students and staff.

The project, funded by $165,000 per year, is a two-year, pan-institutional program to accelerate indigenization, but its impacts and legacies are meant to be long-lasting.

The Secwépemc people of the BC Interior tell a story about Coyote, who is known for being a powerful transformer. The story, called Coyote Brings Food from the Upper World, forms the basis of The Coyote Project at TRU.

Why indigenization matters

The Coyote Project is about implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action — particularly the elimination of educational and employment gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians and new Aboriginal education legislation with the full consent and participation of Aboriginal peoples.

The latter call to action includes:

  • Providing sufficient funding to close identified educational achievement gaps within one generation.
  • Improving education attainment levels and success rates.
  • Developing culturally appropriate curricula.
  • Protecting the right to Aboriginal languages, including the teaching of Aboriginal languages as credit courses.

In response, The Coyote Project will address recruitment, retention and completion issues for Indigenous students. Some faculties and departments are addressing all three areas, while others are tackling one or two. Regardless, the goal is to support Indigenous students and make TRU a university where they want to study and graduate.