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Pearson College UWC is located on the traditional territory of the Sc’ianew (Beecher Bay) First Nation. As an international school offering a pre-university International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum to up to 200 students from across Canada and around the world, the College has always welcomed Indigenous students from Canada and other countries since the school’s inception in 1974.

Pearson is intentionally building upon the diversity of the College community to specifically focus on transforming Pearson College into a community of cultural safety for Indigenous people. To do so, the College has made a renewed commitment to ongoing recruitment and retention of Indigenous students, developing and adopting an Indigenous Vision for the College and building and following a Reconciliation Action Plan.

Reconciliation is ongoing, not a destination. Like all organizations, Pearson will continue to grow, change and develop so the Reconciliation Action Plan must be a living document. Over time, it must be monitored, evaluated, used and re-examined.

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New House Names: Honouring Our Land

New House Names: Honouring Our Land

Editor’s Note: As many readers know, our campus is located on the unceded territory of the Sc’ianew First Nation. Recently, our Director of Learning Emily Coolidge shared a letter with the campus community on behalf of the Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan Working...

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YE,TOST*  — Guiding the Path

YE,TOST* — Guiding the Path

Editor’s Note: The story below was written in the wake of an announcement by the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation of the discovery the remains of up to 215 Indigenous children buried on the grounds of the closed Kamloops (British Columbia) Indian Residential...

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We stand together in remembrance of our children

We stand together in remembrance of our children

We grieve, remember, and stand in solidarity with those who suffered trauma and harm at the former residential school in Kamloops, or any other residential school in BC and Canada. Our hearts go out to the families and communities who are impacted by this discovery,...

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Our Commitment to Reconciliation

Our Commitment to Reconciliation

“Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific and United World Colleges (Canada) acknowledges that its community lives, learns and works on the unceded territory of the Sc’ianew First Nation. The Sc’ianew people, although a distinct and independent nation, are part of a...

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Indigenous Special Topics Day 2020 |  A Reflection

Indigenous Special Topics Day 2020 | A Reflection

On 11 November 2020, the entire campus community engaged in a student-led Indigenous Special Topics Day, starting with a sunrise ceremony called "Feeding the Water", panel discussions, workshops and a movie screenings.We especially appreciated that Board member and...

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I’ve been on protest lines since I could walk

I’ve been on protest lines since I could walk

Interview by Silke Kegel Applying to UWC, being accepted to a UWC school and finally graduating after two years of studying hard and pushing yourself both mentally and physically shows enormous grit and determination. But every so often, students remind us that they...

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Indigenous Advisory Council Established

Indigenous Advisory Council Established

The journey to establishing meaningful and inclusive Indigenous Visions as an inherent part of the Pearson College UWC community continues this fall and into the West Coast winter, according to Indigenous Consultant Marcia Dawson. “As we journey on the path of...

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Towards an Indigenous Vision at Pearson College UWC

Towards an Indigenous Vision at Pearson College UWC

By ‘Naa-mehl (Marcia Dawson), Indigenous Consultant Amma Sah! Simgigyet, Sigidimhaanak’ ganhl k’uba wilkshxw Toyaxsi’y ‘niisi’m.  Naa-mehl hl we’y. Lax Gibuu hl pdeega’ay. Wilps Haizimsque win sawitxswi’y. Angeline Turner hl noo’y.  Magnus Turner hl nigwoodi’y....

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President’s Update – Spring 2017

President’s Update – Spring 2017

Marking a Milestone Year President’s Update -- Spring 2017 Dear Pearson Community, The year 2017 is a special one for Pearson College UWC as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to our inspiration and namesake, Lester B....

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Honouring Treaty Day at Pearson

Honouring Treaty Day at Pearson

The Pearson College community was joined on Sunday, 1 May, by the Band Chief, Council and members of the Sc'ianew (Beecher Bay) First Nation for a special event to honour the signing of the Douglas Treaties. See photos, or watch the video broadcast of the event. ...

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SENĆOŦEN language

An overview of SENĆOŦEN language on firstvoices.com

British Columbia Assembly of First Nations
Marcia Turner - Indigenous Advisor

In June 2019, the College started working with Marcia Turner, an accomplished Indigenous Leader, who will assist Pearson in developing the Indigenous Vision for the College on both individual and community levels.

Sc'ianew First Nation Band
Victoria Native Friendship Centre
Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action
Native Land

Native Land Digital strives to create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations, through educational resources such as our map and Territory Acknowledgement Guide.