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Sunrise ceremony marks UW’s commitment to reconciliation, Indigenization and decolonization – CBC

University of Waterloo president and vice chancellor says it’s essential Indigenous leaders guide this work

Sep 22, 2022

A sunrise ceremony held Thursday at United College’s ceremonial fire grounds signalled the University of Waterloo’s commitment to reconciliation, Indigenization and decolonization.

Indigenous peoples at the school are asking the university for a full commitment to meaningful work toward the process of reclaiming Indigenous identity and culture.

“We’re asking for the commitment because the university has only recently begun to work on Indigenous issues and to create strategies and begun to make sure that we are a welcoming place for Indigenous peoples,” Jean Becker, assistant vice-president of Indigenous relations, told CBC Kitchener-Waterloo’s The Morning Edition following the ceremony.

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