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University of Waterloo Territorial Acknowledgement

The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within the Office of Indigenous Relations.

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Black History Month Message from Vivek Goel, President and Vice-Chancellor

Original article found here.

The beginning of February marks the start of Black History Month 2023. The University of Waterloo is pleased to celebrate the diversity of people of African descent in Canada and their importance to the history and prosperity of this country.

While Canada is the strong and thriving country it is today largely because of the incredible diversity of people residing here, there is no doubt that Black people have made, and continue to make significant contributions to the growth and development of our country.

In 1995, former MP Dr. Jean Augustine, the first Black woman to be elected to parliament, introduced a motion to recognize February as Black History Month, across Canada. Today, Black History Month helps to provide a more complete account of the contributions that generations of Black people have made to Canada, which has historically been ignored.

Black History Month is a time to celebrate Black Excellence, a term used to describe the individual achievements and successes, contributions and perseverance of the Black community. As we celebrate Black Excellence, we must also reflect on the centuries of struggle and sacrifice that they have endured as a people and continue to face today. The tragic murder of Tyre Nichols at the hands of Memphis police and other incidents of hate-motivated violence recently in the news are a terrible and visceral reminder of the plague of racism in our society.

Beyond the 28 days of February, I urge you to remember that Black people live their Blackness every day. Collectively, they are subjected to racism, discrimination, suspicion, profiling and a myriad of inequities, because of the colour of their skin. I encourage you to reflect on the courage and resilience of our Black community, who have prevailed and thrived in the face of oppression and injustice.

Although UWaterloo has shown its commitment to confronting Anti-Black racism by signing on to the Scarborough Charter and working to implement the recommendations of the President’s Anti-racism Taskforce (PART), I recognize the tremendous amount of work that we have yet to do to continue to advance Black inclusion.

Racism and oppression have no room in our community. We must work together to help end racial profiling, eradicate barriers to employment and advancement and dismantle policies and processes that perpetuate disparities during Black History Month, and beyond.

We need the full commitment and support from the University community to continue to build and sustain a welcoming community that embraces diversity and inclusion. Together, we will overcome discrimination and oppression and create a fairer and more inclusive Canada for all.

University of Waterloo Indigenous Commitment Ceremony

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Events

Hello all,

We are excited to announce that next month, Indigenous Knowledge Keeper Myeengun Henry will introduce an Eagle Staff to the University of Waterloo, on behalf of the UWaterloo Indigenous Campus Community. This sacred item will be used in ceremony and celebration at UWaterloo and will represent the traditions and cultures of UWaterloo First Nations, Metis, and Inuit folks, serving as a beacon of reconciliation throughout our shared future. 

On Wednesday, February 22, 2023 from 12:30pm – 2:00 pm in LHI 3071 we will be hosting an open discussion as to what the Eagle Staff will look like, represent and symbolize. Whether you have creative talents, crafty skills, artistic vision, or even meaningful thoughts around the creation of the staff, we would like to hear from you.

As the Eagle Staff will represent First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people here at UWaterloo, we are asking for your voices and talent in guiding the creation of the staff. In this way, the staff will truly carry the spirit of the people.

Attendance is voluntary. Drinks and Snacks will be provided.

If interested, please email us at indigenousrelations@uwaterloo.ca and we will save you a spot!

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Indigenous Beading Workshop

The Faculty of Health is hosting an Indigenous Beading workshop with Emma Anderson.  Participants will learn some basic beading skills and will complete a beaded keychain during the workshop. No prior experience necessary. Come learn a new skill, enjoy good company, and have fun!

The workshop is free and all supplies are provided but space is limited and registration is required.

To register, please visit https://uwaterloo.ca/health/events/indigenous-beading-workshop

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