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Update on University’s Indigenization Progress

Monday, October 29, 2018

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

The University of Waterloo’s Indigenization steering committee has submitted a comprehensive list of recommendations to me after 450 hours of vital collaboration with more than 60 students, faculty and staff across our community. These recommendations come in response to our Indigenization strategy efforts at the University after the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action in 2015.

This is only the beginning of our efforts. I have accepted the committee’s recommendations and consulted broadly with community stakeholders on the next steps associated with the Indigenization steering committee’s recommendations. I am pleased to announce that we are in the process of hiring a Director of Indigenous Initiatives for the University of Waterloo to take the next steps with our work associated with Indigenization to ensure it is done in a respectful and timely manner.

This new role will report directly to myself and Dr. Diana Parry, Associate Vice-President, Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion.

The focus of this senior level Director will be to provide strategic leadership to articulate a specific University of Waterloo response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and identify meaningful changes at the University by creating a long-term vision for the University.

There is a strong commitment at the University of Waterloo to identify a path forward about how students, faculty and staff can meaningfully and respectfully engage with Indigenous voices, traditional knowledge and perspectives.

I believe we can and will make strides as an innovative and welcoming community.

I look forward to announcing our new team member in the near future and hope you will join me in our efforts to heal and prosper as an entire nation.  

Sincerely,

Feridun Hamdullahpur

President and Vice-Chancellor

University of Waterloo