Steering Committee's Terms of Reference

President’s Steering Committee on an
Indigenization Strategy for the University of Waterloo


Terms of Reference

1. The Steering Committee shall advise the President, Provost, and senior management at the University on the development of an Indigenization Strategy for the university, including, but 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 including its Federated University and three University Colleges.

2. The Steering Committee will identify and advance our collective understanding of the university’s responsibilities in word and deed by making recommendations concerning the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action in accord with and to broaden the educational and research objectives of the University of Waterloo along with those of the Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo. It will do so on the basis of a dialogue with all concerned stakeholders, and with respect for Indigenous governance, culture, and practices.

3. In developing this strategy, the Steering Committee will engage with, contribute to, and foster the dissemination of knowledge regarding issues of Indigenous governance, responsibility and respect to all constituencies of the university community. The Steering Committee will also take the approach of listening and learning to become knowledgeable on, and informed of, the issues and objectives that should be included in the strategy.

4. The Steering Committee will engage with the entire University of Waterloo community, as well as partners within the wider community, and will particularly look for insight and guidance to Indigenous scholars, students, staff, community representatives, and leaders. The Steering Committee looks to advance understanding and discussion, and develop recommendations, including but not limited to:

  1. Identifying strategies that bring attention within the university community to the contributions, histories, contemporary issues, and knowledge and ways of knowing of Indigenous peoples, and recommending areas where introducing Indigenous content, courses, and programs would be appropriate and beneficial to the university community;
  2. Increasing opportunities for collaborative community partnerships for research, teaching, and learning on Indigenous topics;
  3. Recruiting Indigenous scholars and students;
  4. Ensuring resources are in place to support Indigenous students, faculty, and staff needs;
  5. Building welcoming spaces and facilities for Indigenous students, faculty, staff, and guests, including facilitating meetings and hosting events on campus;
  6. Inviting Indigenous alumni to be involved in recruitment activity and initiatives to foster student success;
  7. Advising the University’s senior leadership on any other matter or question related to the development of an Indigenization Strategy.

5. The Steering Committee will establish working groups to address any specific area of interest identified, and in so doing will invite the involvement of members from within or outside of the university community.

6. The Steering Committee will provide a final report by Summer 2018, with recommendations on the development of an Indigenization Strategy to the President including, but not limited to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. As the committee progresses in the process of listening and learning, interim reports may be provided to the President or the university community as appropriate.