Boozhoo, Shé:kon, Waachjiiye, Tansi, Aanii, Tungasugiit, Sago, Tawnshi, Greetings!

Thank you for visiting the Office of Indigenous Relations. We work collaboratively on and off-campus to advance the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, creating a long-term vision for the University, grounded in decolonization. Explore this website to learn more about our work and the ongoing Indigenous relations at UWaterloo. Connect with us at

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 co-ordinated within the Office of Indigenous Relations.

Learn how to pronounce Anishinaabeg

Learn how to pronounce Haudenosaunee.

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University of Waterloo Indigenous Commitment Ceremony

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We are excited to share an upcoming webinar from The Decolonizing UW Health Studies Collaborative:

The Decolonizing UW Health Studies Collaborative invites you to join our Spring webinar. Expert & Acolyte: Finding Ways to Cultivate Curiosity and Respect in Learning and Clinical Contexts by Dr. Chase McMurren. Together, we will explore culturally humble approaches to teaching and providing clinical care. We will also consider the value of our own self-awareness and ways we can sit with discomfort while acknowledging inherent power dynamics that exist in teaching and practicing. This webinar is happening live on Zoom June 5th, 2023 from 12:00-1:00pm. Register on Eventbrite at: .

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Tuesday, June 6, 2023 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

First Nations Principles of OCAP® Virtual Presentation

Hosted by the Inclusive Research Team at the University of Waterloo

The First Nations principles of OCAP® establish how First Nations’ data and information will be collected, protected, used, or shared. Standing for ownership, control, access and possession, OCAP® is a tool to support strong information governance on the path to First Nations data sovereignty. Given the diversity within and across Nations, the principles will be expressed and asserted in line with a Nation’s respective world view, traditional knowledge, and protocols. For more information, please visit: 

To register, please visit

For any additional questions or clarification, please reach out to Sara Anderson at

Please note the webinar link will be emailed closer to the date of the event. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

James Vukelich Kaagegaabaw: The Seven Grandfather Teachings

The Seven Grandfather Teachings: Debwewin (Truth), Zoongidi’ewin (Courage), Manaaji’idiwin (Respect), Gwayakwaadiziwin (Integrity), Zaagi’idiwin (Love), Nibwaakaawin (Wisdom), Dabasendizowin (Humility) are guiding principles that the Anishinaabeg live by in order to live Mino Bimaadiziwin (a good life).

Please join the Office of Indigenous Relations in welcoming James Vukelich Kaagegaabaw for a virtual talk about The Seven Grandfather Teachings, how these teachings are reflected in Anishinaabemowin (the Ojibwe language), and how we are guided by the seven generations before and after us. 

Thursday, June 8, 2023 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Indigenous Movie Night!

Join the Faculty of Health for a free Indigenous movie night on Thursday, June 8, in the Sunlife Auditorium (LHI 1621).  

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. (EST) 

Movie starts at 5:30 p.m. (EST)

*No cost. Popcorn will be provided. Everyone is welcome, no registration required! 

We will be watching a dystopian horror film called 'Night Raiders' which features the work of Cree Métis writer and director, Danis Goulet. This thriller delves into Canada's history of residential schools and assimilation of Indigenous children by following the futuristic story of a Cree daughter forcibly taken away from her mother to join a forced-education camp. Luckily, her mother joins a group of Cree vigilantes. Is she able to get her daughter back? Join us to find out!

Content advisory: This film contains scenes that may be disturbing to some viewers, especially those who are victims of harm, abuse, violence and/or intergenerational trauma. Viewer discretion is advised.

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