UPEIFA Focused on Indigenization

UPEIFA Proposals Would Advance Efforts to Indigenize UPEI

The UPEI Faculty Association has assembled an ambitious package of proposals that directly address a range of collective agreement issues related to the University’s strategic priority of Indigenization. If our efforts to amend the Collective Agreement to help advance the goals of Indigenization and decolonization at UPEI are successful, this would provide direct, meaningful, and unprecedented support for Indigenous Faculty and Contract Academic Staff in the areas of hiring, tenure/promotion, and due process.
PROPOSALS INCLUDE:
  • Explicit recognition that diverse forms of Indigenous scholarship count towards tenure and promotion.
  • Provisions to allow Indigenous members the option to have Indigenous Elders, and/or Traditional Knowledge Carriers/Keepers on evaluation committees at each step of hiring, tenure and promotion processes.
  • Expanded evidence of research/scholarly activity for tenure and promotion applications to:
  • Include knowledge mobilization and/or oral presentations in Indigenous community settings
  • Recognize community collaborations as valid and valuable forms of scholarly activity
  • Expanded evidence of service for tenure and promotion applications to include service in and recognition by regional, national, and/or international Indigenous communities/organizations.
  • Provision to allow, where relevant, for Indigenous Elders and/or Traditional Knowledge Carriers/Keepers to act as arm’s length referees for tenure and promotion applications.
UPEIFA’s proposals are rooted in the understanding that Indigenous rights are enshrined in Treaties, the Canadian Constitution, and various international agreements. In recognition of the historic wrongs committed against First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, our proposals are designed to advance proactive measures aimed at defending, restoring, and renewing Indigenous practices and knowledge.

By bringing proposals to advance Indigenization to the table, UPEIFA is Bargaining For A Better UPEI.