Our Commitment

PENT students in the 1970s
Program for the Education of Native Teachers students in the 1970s.

Brandon University has been a leader in Indigenous education for decades. In 1975, BU was the first university in western Canada (and only the second in Canada) to establish a Native Studies Department. Our engagement with Aboriginal, First Nations and Indigenous programming continues today.

Former BU President Gervan Fearon at Indigenous Blueprint signing

Former BU President Gervan Fearon (left) alongside ACC President Mark Frison at the Indigenous Blueprint signing in 2015.

Manitoba Indigenous Education Blueprint

On Dec. 18, 2015, we reaffirmed our commitment by signing the Manitoba Indigenous Education Blueprint. The blueprint commits us and our fellow signatories to 10 objectives that will enhance Indigenous education. These new commitments will inform our future efforts, and join the initiatives we have already begun.

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Proud partnership

Brandon University was a founding partner in the Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council in 2010, and has maintained a close and fruitful working relationship ever since. In 2016, we proudly participated in the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the BUAPC and the City of Brandon, to promote Aboriginal education, employment and business inclusion in Brandon.