Dan Levy wants to ensure more people learn about Indigenous issues and history (and histories!) after he took a course he's called "nothing short of transformational."
The Schitt's Creek creator enrolled in the University of Alberta's Indigenous Canada course in the summer. The free 13-week course "explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations," according to the school's website.
The University of Alberta has the only Indigenous studies faculty in North America. While other post-secondary institutions have schools of Indigenous studies, U of A's is the only dedicated faculty.
I have spent the past 13 weeks taking the Indigenous Studies course through the faculty of @UANativeStudies at U of A. The weekly discussions we had were nothing short of transformational. Help me support the faculty by donating here: https://t.co/yCInZbwqeFpic.twitter.com/VXACgYfnW3
— dan levy (@danjlevy) November 15, 2020
"I'm urging all of you to donate if you can," Dan said in a video he tweeted on Nov. 15 after finishing the course. He added he would match all donations up to a maximum of $25,000. "So, that is a lot of money we can raise for an incredibly deserving faculty."
In a tweet accompanying the video, Dan called "the weekly discussions" that were part of the course "nothing short of transformational."
When he started taking the course in August, the 37-year-old encouraged fans to join him.
"If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that we need to actively relearn history – history that wasn't taught to us in school – to better understand and contextualize our lives and to better support and be of service to each other."