King’s and Halifax, also called Kjipuktuk, sit on unceded Mi’kmaw territory, subject to the Peace and Friendship Treaties that are the basis for peaceful coexistence and good relations among all who live in Mi’kma’ki.
In 2015 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission published 94 Calls to Action [PDF] that included the call for post-secondary institutions to engage in decolonization and increase equitable access to education for Indigenous students.
As a university with journalism programs, King’s is also committed to advancing the Calls to Action related to Media and Reconciliation.
King’s is dedicating $600,000 over five years to establish a program for Mi’kmaw students who want to study journalism at King’s, based on the cohort model of improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented communities.
King’s has launched an on-the-ground, immersive course called Reporting in Mi’kma’ki that teaches students how to report on Indigenous stories responsibly. The course was built collaboratively by King’s School of Journalism Professor Terra Tailleur and Rogers Chair in Journalism Trina Roache. It is offered in collaboration with Eskasoni First Nation.
King’s marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021. As we observe this day each year, we have curated resources on how to bring this work and practice into your scholarly pursuits, financial choices, daily life and relationship to the land.