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Access to Higher Education for First Peoples Students – February 4

First Peoples face numerous obstacles on their path to academic success, and it is important to recognize these systemic barriers. Five webinars will be held in the coming months to identify these barriers, come up with ways to overcome them, and encourage the engagement of university and government actors at the les surmonter et de favoriser la prise d’engagement des acteurs universitaires et gouvernementaux lors du forum.

Registration for these free webinars is mandatory (places are limited). Simultaneous interpretation (English/French) will be available.


  • Access to higher education for First Peoples students
    Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 1:30 p.m. (EST)
  • Support and services for First Peoples students
    Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 1:30 p.m. (EST)
  • Making space for First Peoples in teaching (pedagogy and course content)
    Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 1:30 p.m. (EST)
  • Challenges and mechanisms surrounding the place of First Peoples in governance and administration
    Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 1:30 p.m. (EST)



The National Building Reconciliation Forum is scheduled for September 21-23, 2021 at the
Hôtel Le Concorde in Québec.  The webinars in this schedule will serve to prepare for this Forum.


The theme of the forum

Falling into step with First Peoples students” to…

  • Show respect for the realities of First Nations and Inuit people regarding education in Québec (e.g., language, culture, history, pride in their identity, etc.).
  • Support the multiple paths and trajectories of First Peoples students.
  • Recognize the systemic barriers and challenges associated with each of the different levels of education.
  • Identify potential mechanisms to overcome these barriers, determine the roles of different actors (governments, educational institutions, services, etc.), and obtain concrete commitments from these actors to support and guide First Peoples students throughout their education.

The goals of the forum


  • Developed in a collaborative process, the forum seeks to rally and bring together the main actors in the world of Indigenous education and all post-secondary institutions in Quebec and across Canada.
  • It will serve as a springboard to ensure that the ideas discussed at the forum come to fruition, and that they help support Indigenous people in the process of taking charge of education by and for First Peoples, and transforming Québec and Canadian society.
  • Our hope is that this event will mark a commitment by the actors involved to take concrete action aimed at overcoming systemic barriers to the success of First Peoples students.

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Last Modified: February 3, 2021

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