How to be an ally to Indigenous Peoples at University of Waterloo

We appreciate everyone’s commitment to make safe spaces when approaching conversations that involve Indigenous community news and events.

Here are some guidelines that we humbly offer to show care and concern for our fellow community members.

  • Stay mindful of the tremendous emotional impact that news and events have on Indigenous students, faculty and staff.

It is important to recognize that many of the students, faculty and staff at University of Waterloo may not be aware of news and events that impact both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Issues and events can be all-consuming, triggering, and severely traumatizing for many members of our campus community.

  • Self-identify your perspective when approaching discussions.

Consider using language such as, “I am a non-Indigenous Faculty member sharing my thoughts, and I am aware that my perspective is through this very specific lens. It does not reflect the perspective of a First Nation, Inuk or Métis person.” Ask others who are engaging in discussions to disclose this information as well.

  • Be an ally to our Indigenous students, faculty and staff by giving them space (physical and digital) when they need it.

We can demonstrate respect by giving space, time, and a chance for those impacted by events in their community to be together for strength and grieving. This will be particularly important when a local, provincial, or national event surfaces.

  • Seek information from trusted sources to learn more about issues, opportunities and challenges faced by Indigenous communities in Canada.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada  

University of Waterloo Indigenization Strategy Resources 

Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre

Six Nations Tourism

Truth and Reconciliation Response Projects