Indigenization Strategy

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A message from President Hamdullahpur

President Hamdullahpur standing smiling in front of bookshelfI 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
    1. Feb. 13, 2018President's Statement on Waterloo’s Indigenization strategy

      Over the past few days, we have heard from many in the campus community on how our nation is doing when it comes to building positive and supportive relationships with Indigenous people.

      It is important to acknowledge these voices as well as the perspectives contained in an open letter to Canadian university presidents from Indigenous faculty members and others across the country. The letter calls on all post-secondary institutions to review their current approaches to working with Indigenous people and communities. 

    2. Mar. 19, 2019Office of the President: University of Waterloo Indigenization Update

      Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

      I wanted to reiterate our commitment to the University of Waterloo’s efforts to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. This is an important national issue in which the University of Waterloo must play an integral role by bringing new initiatives and by making meaningful changes on our campus to eliminate obstacles faced by, and amplify the perspectives of, our Indigenous students, faculty and staff.

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    Contact information

    For more information please contact the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion