Indigenous and non-Indigenous people across Canada are coming together to forge a new partnership designed to strengthen Canada. The Cumberland College Board of Directors and the Cumberland College First Nations and Métis Advisory Council (FNMAC) are joining the effort by recently passing motions to sign the Declaration of Canadians for a New Partnership (CFNP).
Cumberland College is the first post-secondary institution in the country to pass motions to support the declaration as an organization. “We are incredibly proud to be breaking new ground by supporting the declaration of Canadians for a New Partnership,” said Tom Weegar, Cumberland College President. “This will assist us to better serve Indigenous communities and Indigenous students throughout our college region.”
“CFNP’s mission is to build a new partnership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of this country – a relationship based on mutual respect and equality – to build a stronger economy and values-based society,” says Weegar. “This is very consistent with the work we undertake with Indigenous communities throughout the Cumberland College region.”
Cumberland College has been undertaking an Indigenization process for the last two years as part of its Strategic Plan. “Establishing the First Nation and Métis Advisory Council was the first step,” says Board Chair, Jim Thiessen. “As well, we are pleased to be implementing Elders-in-Residence programs at all three of our campuses this fall to guide students and provide them with cultural support.”
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