How is the University of Waterloo responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) findings and calls to action? This website is a hub for projects and initiatives by the University community and partners that work toward truth and reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.

  1. Nov. 12, 2019Songs in the Key of Cree connects achimoowin, ayamoowin, and paapoowin
    Tomson Highway and Patricia Cano performing

    Indigenous languages are critically endangered throughout the world. This is more than a loss of words: Indigenous languages embody sets of relationships and ways of being in the world that are powerful, transformative, and sometimes very funny. The Songs in the Key of Cree performance highlights the global importance of Indigenous languages.

  2. Nov. 8, 2019Waterloo alum integrates healthcare models to meet the needs of Indigenous peoples
    Cornelia (Nel) Wieman on wooded path

    For Applied Health Sciences alumnus Cornelia (Nel) Wieman (MSc Kinesiology ’91), there is no question that Canada's healthcare system results in Indigenous peoples being poorly served and discriminated against. A desire to transform the system by intregrating culturally appropriate approaches for Indigenous peoples has been a focus of Wieman’s career as Canada’s first female Indigenous psychiatrist.

  3. Oct. 4, 2019Jesse Thistle shares Métis micro histories at Indigenous Speakers Series
    illustration of Jesse Thistle and thistle imagery

    On September 18 the 2019-20 Indigenous Speakers Series opened with Jesse Thistle, a Métis-Cree-Scot from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. His bestselling memoir, From the Ashes (Simon and Schuster Canada), chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is. His scholarship is focused on intergenerational and historic trauma of the Métis people, and also reflects on his own past struggles with homelessness.

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As members of the University community, we acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.