Reconciliation and Indigenization
BCIT is located on the unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations. BCIT has been educating and inspiring students for over half a century on their traditional lands and for that, we are grateful. We acknowledge that the relationship with Indigenous peoples in Canada has been troubled and must be reconciled; we are deeply committed to working with our partners to address these issues.
We are guided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Actions, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan: 2020 Vision for the Future by the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training. Reconciliation and Indigenization are priorities for BCIT, and we appreciate our relationship with Indigenous peoples at all levels, across all campuses, throughout the province, and beyond.
We developed this Strategic Plan in parallel with the formalization of BCIT’s Indigenous Vision. We have updated it with sustained commitment to the journey described in that Vision. The two are mutually reinforcing; together they provide a framework for action and accountability.