The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2008 - 2015) documents the history and intergenerational impact of Canada's Residential School System. In December 2016 Justin Trudeau renewed his commitment to improving the relationship between Canada and its Indigenous peoples. Committing to annual meetings with Indigenous associations, Trudeau made it clear that reconciliation will continue to be a priority for the federal government.
The release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report sparked increased efforts by colleges and institutes all across the country to Indigenize curriculum and to make Indigenous cultures more visible on campuses. The year 2016 saw the launch of many new programs as well as the opening of new Indigenous cultural facilities and gathering spaces, solidifying the commitment of college and institute in this area. Colleges and institutes outlined their commitments in CICan’s Indigenous Education Protocol, signed by 47 colleges and institutes across the country. Kwantlen Polytechnic University is one of the signatories.