George Brown College, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation to develop plan to support Indigenous learners

George Brown College and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation will be working together to reduce barriers to education and help create a more inclusive and equitable society.

The college and MCFN will engage in actions to highlight the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation as the caretakers of the land on which George Brown sits and operates.

George Brown will engage in this new partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement includes, but is not limited to, incorporating visible Indigenous presence on all three campuses, curriculum collaborations and a new and progressive plan to support Indigenous learners.

"We are honoured to be a part of this collaboration as we endeavour to build a culture of equity, reconciliation and belonging at George Brown," George Brown College president Dr. Gervan Fearon said in a news release. "Taking meaningful action towards reconciliation is essential to redressing the legacy of residential schools in Canada and creating a truly inclusive and equitable learning ecosystem."

The college will work with the MCFN to animate campus space to be reflective of Indigenous heritage and cultural best practices, including by adding the MCFN logo to entry ways of all campuses. The partnership will also bring additional college programming to the community and name a space in the college's new Waterfront building: Limberlost Place.

"I respect the work that is happening with George Brown College and signing a relationship agreement based on mutual respect and friendship will allow us to have a positive impact and will be mutually beneficial," stated Chief Stacey LaForme, Gimaa Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.