Indigenous Initiatives


Jean Becker

Jean Becker, Senior Director, Indigenous Initiatives

About Indigenous Initiatives

As the Senior Director, Indigenous Initiatives, I work on- and off-campus to not only advance the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, but also to create a long-term vision for the University that is grounded in decolonization.

Indigenous Initiatives is a central hub for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis researchers, faculty and staff, along with allies within the Waterloo campus community. Additionally, the Indigenous Initiatives Office provides guidance, support and resources to ensure we are creating a shared vision towards the very necessary goal of reconciliation.

Strategic Plan

The strategic objectives of the Indigenous Initiatives Office highlight, strengthen, and amplify research, collaborations, partnerships and engagement opportunities on our campus. As senior leadership at University of Waterloo have expressed, 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. Our institution has a critical and necessary role to play in advancing these Calls to Action.  

The Indigenous Initiatives strategic plan (IISP) is informed by the most recent institutional plan for 2020-2025. The IISP looks to strengthen excellent Indigenous research and initiatives already taking place on our campus and grow new initiatives and partnerships to expand community, support and resources in the future. 

While the IISP is currently in progress, excellent foundational work has taken place, and we thank all who have contributed and will contribute in the future. 

For more information on our office, or if you wish to be a part of this important work, please contact us at