DC Recognizes National Indigenous History Month

Tomorrow marks the beginning of National Indigenous History Month in Canada, a time to reflect on the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, contributions and resiliency of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

At Durham College (DC), we recognize the paramount importance of Indigeneity in higher education. As an equity-driven college, we are committed to the ongoing process of reconciliation and building respectful, reciprocal relationships that contribute to better educational outcomes for all students and a stronger community.

We have made significant progress in advancing Indigenization across our campuses and in our community, and we acknowledge there is still much work to be done. We will continue to incorporate meaningful Indigenous perspectives and knowledge into our courses and programs, ensure our events and services are culturally respectful, offer professional development to employees, and identify opportunities to further prioritize Indigenous education across our campuses.

As we prepare students to become leaders and contributing members of our community, we have a responsibility to confront issues of decolonization and emphasize equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. This commitment must permeate every facet of our institution and we all have a role to play.

I encourage every member of our community to actively engage in this work by utilizing the resources we have available. The DC Library has curated a collection focused on Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge, heritage, rights, and histories. Indigenous Histories & Reconciliation learning modules are also available on DC Connect. Additionally, you can reflect at the Naanaagide’endamowin Courtyard at the Oshawa campus and visit the Weeping Willow Tree that commemorates the Indigenous children who did not make it home from Indian Residential, Day and Industrial Schools.

Reconciliation is an ongoing journey. Guided by the First Peoples Indigenous Centre and the Durham College Indigenous Advisory Circle, we will continue to increase our knowledge and understanding of the past and the issues that Indigenous communities face today. DC will remain a welcome place for Indigenous peoples as we work together to build a better future.