225 Years in the Making: How Canadian Universities Honor the Jay Treaty Through Cross-Border Tuition Policies

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This presentation will explore how several Canadian universities have recently adopted policies that extend domestic tuition rates to Indigenous students living in (territories claimed by) the United States and how other universities in Canada may follow suit, bringing their commitments to Indigenization and reconciliation in line with the Jay Treaty, as well as the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Speaker Name

Michael O’Shea




Speaker Bio

Michael O'Shea is a higher education practitioner and scholar. As a PhD candidate studying under Dr. Stephanie Waterman (Onondaga, Turtle Clan) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, his research explores how Canadian universities can act on their historic Treaty obligations to better support Indigenous students across the U.S.-Canada border. He has been awarded a Fulbright student award and SSHRC graduate award for his research. Currently he works as Early College Program Manager in Cambridge, Massachusetts, strengthening academic pathways between high school and university.