“It’s the only program at SFU that has the capacity to support Indigenous students.”
An instructor at SFU’s Aboriginal University Transition Program is speaking out, after learning the university is cancelling the program almost immediately.
Natalie Knight says AUTP blends Indigenous ways of knowing with traditional academia, helping prepare students for university.
“If we want Indigenous people to go through university, we have to make adjustments to curriculum, and AUTP does that.”
She says it’s a small program with under a dozen students this year, but she believes it’s too important to be on the chopping block.
“They’re going to review the program. That was already in place to happen, and it doesn’t indicate to me why they need to cut the program now, versus let it run out its funding for the next year.”
SFU has not yet responded to a request for comment on the program’s cancellation.
But a note on its website says the university is “taking a pause to explore new approaches, and re-envision” the programs.