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Indigenous Workways is a collaborative research effort among scholars and Indigenous education centres across four recognized Southwest Ontario institutions—University of Waterloo, University of Windsor, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Conestoga College. Our goal is to develop a sustainable solution to underemployment among Ontario’s Indigenous workforce by empowering Indigenous youth with career mentors and opportunities, and Ontario's employers with relational, respectful, reciprocal, and relevant workplace communication and climate practices where Indigenous worldviews can flourish.

To support Indigenous youth with their transition into the workforce, maintaining employment, and career advancement, it is imperative that we understand how Indigenous worldviews impact their workplace experiences with relationships, communication, conflict management, and trust. By utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach that involves participative knowledge sharing, community engagement, and Indigenous methods, we ultimately hope that our research will create psychologically safe work spaces, respectful organizational communication tools, and sustainable Indigenous alumni networks.

  1. May 30, 2019Spring 2019 Soup and Bannock Day
    Indigenous Workways team getting ready to serve soup

    Indigenous Workways sponsored Soup and Bannock Day at the Shatitsirótha Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre (WISC) on Thursday, May 30, 2019.

  2. May 4, 2019Spring 2019 Student Training Workshop
    Alisha Jacobs, Catherine Burr, and Catherine Kwantes (left to right) chatting with each other while seated at dining table

    On Saturday, May 4, the Indigenous Workways research teams across our collaborating institutions gathered at the University of Waterloo for our Spring 2019 Student Training Workshop.

  3. May 3, 20192019 Inaugural Advisory Council Meeting
    Lori Campbell leading the Advisory Council Meeting's opening ceremony

    Indigenous Workways held its very first Advisory Council Meeting on Fri, May 3, 2019.

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Indigenous Workways acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples.

The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations, also known as the Haudensaunee people. This land includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

The University of Windsor sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie.