National Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenization Strategy 

A message from President Hamdullahpur

 I am pleased that we are developing an Indigenization strategy. It is timely, if not overdue. The Truth and Reconciliation Commissions' calls to action are not only important for understanding how our nation can heal, but also how our nation can prosper together. We, as a university, must play an integral role. At the core of the University of Waterloo’s dedication to innovation is the necessity for creating opportunities for new perspectives to come together and drive innovative ideas. The opportunities for growth and discovery are why I am excited by the development of an Indigenization Strategy for our community. There is tremendous value in understanding, honouring and integrating different experiences and knowledge. Making efforts such as this is one of the reasons we continue to remain the most innovative university in Canada, but more importantly, how we will remain an open and welcoming community for all.                                                                   

Information related to the Indigenization Strategy 

Committee mandate: 

The Indigenization Strategy Advisory Committee is tasked with advising the President, Provost, and senior management at the University on the development of an Indigenization Strategy for the university.

This includes, but is not limited to, developing a response to the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada with particular respect to those pertaining to higher education.

As the calls to action from the TRC are framed with respect to all of Canadian society, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, our strategy is directed at engaging with our entire University of Waterloo community and its federated University and three affiliated Colleges. 

    The Advisory Committee has established five (5) working groups that cover the span of issues and opportunities:

    1. Curriculum and academic programming
    2. Research
    3. Student experience
    4. Community engagement
    5. Policy and procedures