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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 https://linktr.ee/uwaterlooindigenous

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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Bridge: Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People

Working with Shatitsirótha' Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre (WISC), the Office of Indigenous Relations (ORI), the Sexual Violence Prevention Response Office (SVPRO), and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, Dr. Sorouja Moll initiated Bridge in 2015 to create a space for all University community members to learn about the crisis as they reflect upon their responsibilities, share in speaking the names of the lives taken to honour and remember as the red fabric is tied to the bridge between Environment 3 and United College. For the Opening Ceremony, each year we are requesting volunteers to read the names.

The gesture to name, remember, and honour the 5000+ missing and murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People across the many Nations in Canada is an active engagement in learning about the depth of the crisis in the Canada while resisting and (en)countering the existing silence that continues to shroud it. Originally installed in Montreal in 2009, as The Writing Names Project, Moll's research-creation initiative is a counter memorial and is part of a meaningful and sustained collaborative intercultural praxis between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

University of Waterloo Indigenous Commitment Ceremony

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Events

Thursday, December 8, 2022 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EST

Métis 101

Presentation on Métis culture and history, including with the ethnogenesis of the Métis, "Who Are the Métis?", their unique and rich culture and language. Why did they disappear in history? Where are they today? Online, 2-hour workshop in a small group setting. 

To register, please visit https://uwaterloo.gosignmeup.com/public/Course/browse?courseid=7100.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST

2022 TD Walter Bean Professorship in Environment

The Meaning of Ice: Co-production of knowledge and community action in a changing Arctic


Drawing on experience from over two decades of close collaboration with Inuit communities in the Arctic, Dr. Fox will illustrate the powerful ways our understanding of the changing Arctic climate can be advanced when we link Inuit knowledge and visiting science. She will use examples from community-led research, land-based programs, and harvesting to show how co-produced knowledge, Inuit self-determination in research, and supporting community-based action are fundamental to addressing climate and environmental challenges in the Arctic and beyond. Dr. Fox will centre Arctic weather and sea ice in the story, and connect to the works of her colleague, friend, and photographer Robert Kautuk, whose photography exhibition accompanies this year’s lecture.

This event has limited capacity. If attending in person, please RSVP by Monday December 5th. Should you register and no longer be able to attend, please contact Vesti Powell.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST

2022 TD Walter Bean Professorship in Environment

The Meaning of Ice: Co-production of knowledge and community action in a changing Arctic

Drawing on experience from over two decades of close collaboration with Inuit communities in the Arctic, Dr. Fox will illustrate the powerful ways our understanding of the changing Arctic climate can be advanced when we link Inuit knowledge and visiting science. She will use examples from community-led research, land-based programs, and harvesting to show how co-produced knowledge, Inuit self-determination in research, and supporting community-based action are fundamental to addressing climate and environmental challenges in the Arctic and beyond. Dr. Fox will centre Arctic weather and sea ice in the story, and connect to the works of her colleague, friend, and photographer Robert Kautuk, whose photography exhibition accompanies this year’s lecture.

This event has limited capacity. If attending in person, please RSVP by Monday December 5th. Should you register and no longer be able to attend, please contact Vesti Powell.

To learn more, please visit https://uwaterloo.ca/environment/td-walter-bean-professorship-environment.

To register, please visit https://imodules.uwaterloo.ca/s/1802/21/event.aspx?sid=1802&gid=2&pgid=2748&content_id=4114Registration.

 

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