Colonial education systems have been, and continue to be, used as tools for indigenous genocide. Starting with residential schools, mandatory education has been and continues to be used to strip people of their culture and language, deservedly ruining the bond of trust needed for learning. This is just one of many systemic variables that contributes to keeping folks of indigenous ancestry out of post secondary programs and degrees, which in turn becomes a barrier in the job market.

I recognise that today’s academic system is still flawed; it perpetuates racism, sexism, ableism, and discrimination based on religion, skin colour, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, language, and a host of other minorities.

I recognize the irreparable damage that formal educational systems have done and continue to do for communities of the native peoples of this land, as well as racialized folks and other minorities. I strive in my business to work towards truth and reconciliation by following the guidelines set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

If you or someone you know is part of a minority community, please let me know. I may be able to help find extra funding and resources. I also have limited sliding scale spots available for those facing financial barriers (indigenous students are prioritized, then other students from minority communities).