ABORIGINAL ACADEMIC STAFF

According to the CAUT Almanac, in 2006 only 1% of academic staff in Canada were Aboriginal. There are a variety of factors that influence the entry of aboriginal people into academia and their success within the academic context.

CUASA recognizes the unique place of aboriginal scholars within the academy and encourages full and equal participation of those scholars.

WHAT EQUITY ISSUES DO ABORIGINAL ACADEMICS FACE?

Aboriginal academic staff face all of the same equity issues as any other academic staff member – they can live with disabilities, they can be LGBT* or from any number of other equity-seeking groups.

In addition, aboriginal ways of knowing and of communicating knowledge are not always recognized by the academy. This means that aboriginal academic staff can (and do) face increased trouble with career advancement and recognition.

The impact of equity issues on academic staff is primarily the same as discrimination in any other workplace.

WHERE CAN I GET HELP WITH EQUITY ISSUES?

If you are an academic staff member and the issue relates to your employment at Carleton, you can contact CUASA. In addition, Carleton’s Equity Services maintains a list of resources available for members of equity seeking groups. If you are on campus and are facing an immediate threat to your physical safety, contact Campus Safety at 613-520-4444.

Aboriginal languages are represented in this image of the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights (photo information)

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