A Student Union executive wants UPEI to put more effort towards reconciliation with the universityâ€™s indigenous community.
Malak Nassar, Vice President Academic and External, moved a motion to the SU Council towards that goal, during last nightâ€™s meeting.
Although UPEI has policies towards reconciliation, there have been insufficient resources allocated for it, she said.
â€œOur recommendation is that UPEI and the government in PEI collaborate to provide more resources and accommodation to the indigenous community on campus.â€
Nassar moved the motion for a new policy which includes a four-step plan towards reconciliation.
One of those steps is increasing indigenous representation in leadership positions.
â€œThe UPEISU is recommending that UPEI include indigenous persons in decision-making positions,â€ Nassar said.
Another step is to include Indigenous history in all courses mandatory for graduation.
â€œIt is important that all UPEI students graduate having been exposed to indigenous knowledge and indigenous art,â€ Nassar said.
â€œThe SU is recommending that UPEI incorporate aspects of indigenous knowledge and history into all UPEI university study courses.â€
Nassar and the UPEISU also recommend the creation of an indigenous student ambassador program, at the Mawiâ€™omi centre, which would act as the schoolâ€™s liaison to indigenous communities.
All SU council members voted in favour of the motion.
Kari Kruse, the SUâ€™s Accessibility officer, said she voted in favour of the motion because UPEI is on Unceded Miâ€™kmaq territory and indigenous matters should be prioritized.
â€œItâ€™s great to see indigenous groups being prioritized by the Student Union,â€ she said.
â€œWe can no longer ignore the systemic barriers that were created by White Supremacy.â€
In other council matters, the UPEISU announced a 52.9 per cent increase for the schoolâ€™s foodbank budget.