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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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University of Waterloo Indigenous Commitment Ceremony
Congratulations, Robin Stadelbauer! It is our heart-felt pleasure to announce that Robin has accepted the position of Associate Director in the Office of Indigenous Relations. In this new role, Robin will support the AVP Indigenous Relations in their strategic vision and leadership, represent the AVP, take leadership on key projects, and is responsible for the daily operations of the Indigenous Relations Office.
For those of you who have not had the good fortune to meet Robin, she is Anishinaabe, Potawatomi and Lunaapeew and a citizen of Neyaashiinigmiing (Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation) located on the Saugeen Peninsula (Bruce Peninsula). Robin has a long history at University of Waterloo. As an astute student, she has achieved an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Development Studies, with a minor in Anthropology. Previously at St. Paul’s University College, Robin joined the University of Waterloo’s Advancement team in 2008 in Records, then became the Assistant to the Associate Vice-President, Development in 2012, then was temporarily reassigned in August 2015 to Executive Officer Administration, appointed to this role permanently in 2017. In 2020, Robin became the first Indigenous Relations Coordinator, where She has brought tremendous knowledge, skill, and commitment to a rapidly changing and challenging environment. Robin has stood solidly at the foundation of the Office of Indigenous Relations, and her appointment to this new position is beyond well-deserved.
Beyond these amazing accomplishments, Robin’s character is what sets her apart. She exudes positivity, enhances collaboration, and has a welcoming nature. Her dedication to family, community, culture, and continuous improvement are reflected in her work and her relationships. We are grateful and privileged to be with you on this path, Robin. Chi Miigwech.
-Office of Indigenous Relations
Savanah Seaton is a Plains Ojibway anishinaabekwe, makwa dodem, rooted from Waywayseecappo and Keeseekooweenin First Nations. Please join us in welcoming and congratulating Savanah on her new role as the Director of the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre (WISC). She is familiar with the WISC, and with those who use it from her time as a student in Waterloo’s Masters of Industrial Psychology program. Savanah brings with her, vast experience, keen insight and an immense passion for working with Indigenous folks. Drop by the WISC to welcome her and say Aniin (hello)!
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is celebrated globally on August 9. It marks the date of the inaugural session of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982. In keeping with this year’s theme, University of Waterloo historian and anthropologist Talena Atfield, answers questions about the roles of Indigenous women in preserving and transmitting traditional knowledges. Professor Atfield is a member of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation of the Six Nations of the Grand River.