After listening, learning, and self-reflecting over the past month, the team at Campus Manitoba is dedicated to understanding the role that our organization plays in the lives of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) in Manitoba.
Access to education is at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to sharing knowledge and resources with our various stakeholders, including students, faculty, and partner institutions. We do so with a sense of purpose, openness, and humility. We continue to learn in order to build others up.
We recognize that there is much to do and we are committed to growth and collaboration. In that spirit, we will be curating and sharing educational resources that highlight BIPOC voices. We will also explore how our platforms can aid in a contribution to a more inclusive today, and a brighter tomorrow.
All of us must share responsibility in this. As such, Campus Manitoba stands committed to:
- Actively sharing and amplifying the voices of BIPOC in the Manitoba educational ecosystem. In addition, recognizing that the term BIPOC is used as a broad term.
- Purposefully identifying, discussing, and challenging issues of race and discrimination and the impacts they have on our organization, its systems, and its people. We will also continue to challenge ourselves to understand and correct any inequities we may discover and gain a better understanding of ourselves during this purposeful process.
- Developing and implementing strategies and best practices that dismantle racism within all aspects of our organization, community, and society.
Campus Manitoba staff have also made personal pledges to confront racism in their daily lives. Here are a few quotes from our team:
“I am committed to gaining a deeper awareness of the issues surrounding the names of sports franchises, in terms of how they are or are not acceptable in today’s society, and their treatment of Indigenous history, perspectives, and experiences. Moving forward, I vow to engage with and support only those organizations with a commitment to increasing BIPOC voices, and those who treat BIPOC people with respect.”
“I pledge to continue to identify racial inequities and disparities. I also want to actively confront the racist ideas that I have held or continue to hold. I am committed to championing antiracist ideas and policies while being considerate that antiracist work needs to be intersectional.”
“I am committed to reading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Actions.”
“I want to continue to do more reading and listening from BIPOC voices and ensure that my daughter’s bookshelf has diverse voices. I will engage in conversations and pursue actions that uplift and support individuals who have been marginalized and use my privilege to bring others forward.”
Campus Manitoba is a consortium of Manitoba’s public universities and colleges. Through collaborative projects and shared services, we facilitate student mobility and expand access to post-secondary programs for students in Manitoba. In addition to campusmanitoba.ca, our websites include ecoursesmb.ca, setyourcourse.ca, and openedmb.ca.