Ontario university to increase aboriginal faculty members and student scholarships

The Canadian Press/Stephen C. Host

An Ontario university has responded to recommendations made in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with its plan to hire five aboriginal professors and boost graduate scholarships to students who identify as aboriginal.

Charlotte Yates, the provost at the University of Guelph, says the initiative was one of her first priorities after starting at the school last August.

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Yates says the hiring and the scholarships won’t be limited to any faculty or discipline.

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She says the initiative is designed to fill gaps at the professorial level as well as develop a pipeline of researchers who can eventually become fill those roles.

Yates says there is a moral responsibility for universities to respond to the commission’s report.

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She hopes to have the faculty positions and scholarships filled within six to 18 months.

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