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Improving the Indigenous post secondary experience through storytelling 

By Patrick Quinn  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter With an ever-increasing number of Indigenous post-secondary students, colleges and universities are developing inclusiveness initiatives to address systemic inequities. In Quebec, 25% of non-Indigenous people have university degrees, compared to 8% of Indigenous people. Recognizing the power of stories, Susan Briscoe initiated the First Peoples’ Post-Secondary Storytelling Exchange (FPPSE) in 2015 at Dawson College, the province’s largest Cegep. Driven by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, it’s one of Dawson’s efforts to improve the experience and success of Indigenous students. When colleague Michelle Smith took the lead after Briscoe became terminally ill, the project was collaborating with many partners, including Kahnawake Survival School, the First Nations Regional Adult Education  Centre, John Abbott College, and Concordia and McGill universities. “We continued along

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