Capilano University and the shíshálh (Sechelt) Nation signed a historic agreement at kálax-ay, the Sunshine Coast campus on Sept. 21, commemorating the University’s 40th year in Sechelt. This Affiliation Agreement Regarding Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities formalizes and expands upon the existing collaboration between the two parties in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation and mutual respect.
“The signing of this affiliation agreement is historic and significant, especially considering the negative impacts that the residential school legacy has had on our people,” says Ashley Joe, education and employment manager for the shíshálh Nation. “Having this agreement will support our efforts in ensuring a positive, rewarding educational experience for our students and we are thankful to Capilano University for their commitment to this initiative.”
Capilano University offers a Sechelt Nation Language and Culture Certificate and the affiliation agreement states the University will continue to support the promotion and study of Aboriginal history, culture, language protocols and values. Together, the two organizations are committed to developing programs and services delivered in a culturally sensitive and inclusive way.
“We are proud of the work we’ve carried out at kálax-ay, the Sunshine Coast campus,” says Capilano University’s President, Paul Dangerfield. “Capilano University is dedicated to working even more collaboratively with the shíshálh Nation.”
“The shíshálh Nation commends Capilano University for their enthusiasm to engage with us and support the vision we have for educating our people,” says shíshálh Chief Warren Paull. “The development and signing of this agreement is a testament to our positive relationship with faculty and staff. This formal acknowledgement of our affiliation aims to foster the success of shíshálh students and, in turn, increases our capacity as a self-governing Nation.” Submitted