Universities get funding to ‘indigenise’ their campuses

The TD Bank Group has donated CA$1.2 million (US$915,000) to three Atlantic Canada universities – Mount Saint Vincent, Acadia and Memorial universities – for their Indigenous student support services. Jennifer Auld, vice-president of the TD Canada Trust Atlantic Region, said it was a step towards reconciliation, writes Elizabeth McSheffrey for Global News.

Mount Saint Vincent University President Mary Bluechardt said the donation would be used to continue supporting a special advisor for Aboriginal affairs at the university, who supports Indigenous students and develops initiatives, programmes and policies that respond to Indigenous needs. It will also allow for CA$10,000 per year in renewable scholarships for First Nations learners.

Patrick Small Legs-Nagge, who works as the special advisor on Aboriginal affairs to the Mount Saint Vincent University president, said the funds will go a long way towards “indigenising” university campuses. “I think at the end of the day that’s what it comes down to, is trying to make the campus more inclusive,” he said.
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