First Nations-Metis Focus

Treaty 4
Map: The School of Journalism is located in Treaty 4 territory

Our commitment to diversity

This School of Journalism is strongly committed to newsroom diversity. We view it as essential to providing Canadians with a more complete picture of our world. In our view, including more Aboriginal and minority student-journalists, and perspectives, in the classroom contributes to a fuller, more comprehensive education for all our students.

On graduation, this cross-cultural education helps build more representative workforces in the mainstream media, both by training Aboriginal students and by sensitizing non-Aboriginal students to important historical and cross-cultural issues. Diversity education in journalism also helps train staff for alternative and Aboriginal media, which provide an important balancing perspective to the world-view and assumptions of the dominant settler-culture.

Classroom and newsroom diversity, therefore, provide two very important bases for building a stronger democracy, where we can help Canadians make more fully informed decisions, based on rigorous investigation of the full facts rather than partial, or stereotyped understandings. Diversity education, and diversity in education, are both crucial to a forward-looking journalism that is critical, fair, and accurate.

Our First Nations-focused initiatives

Of course, as a School of Journalism located on the historic territory of Treaty 4, the Indigenous story-telling tradition is both an important part of our journalistic tradition and an important part of our shared future.

Some of the initiatives which the School has taken in recent years to reflect, renew and support this commitment to a fuller expression of journalism's potential are: our ongoing support for the Indian Communication Arts program as a pre-Journalism opportunity for Aboriginal students to get some important grounding and preparation to apply for the School of Journalism; our coordination of Aboriginal youth outreach workshops, to encourage young Aboriginal people to consider a career in journalism; the establishment of Global Chair in Journalism, committing a Visiting Professor to address Aboriginal issues in journalism, and; scholarships and internships targeted to Aboriginal students.

Beyond our school doors, the University of Regina offers many specialized services and supports for Aboriginal students, including an Aboriginal Student Centre.

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