As of May 12, 2020, the Truth and Reconciliation Response Projects website is being migrated to the Indigenous Initiatives pages on the Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion website. Please visit Indigenous Initiatives for the latest updates on the University of Waterloo's Indigenous initiatives and strategy.


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Conversation with Jean Becker, Senior Director, Indigenous initiatives

Jean Becker and Lori Campbell in conversation on stage

Jean Becker is the University of Waterloo’s first Senior Director of Indigenous initiatives. On January 29, 2020, the Indigenous Speakers Series presented Jean in conversation with Lori Campbell, Director of the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Student documentaries address truth and reconciliation

Heather George speaking with child on her lap

Students in a fall 2019 Digital Arts Communication course on digital storytelling produced beautiful and compelling short documentaries around the theme of Truth and Reconciliation on Turtle Island.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Bridge video - honouring MMIWG2S

red ribbons with names tied to bridge railing

Since 2016, Bridge: Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People has become an annual installation for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence at the University of Waterloo.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Jean Becker named UWaterloo's first Senior Director, Indigenous Initiatives

Jean Becker

Jean Becker will join the University of Waterloo on January 13, 2020 in the newly-created Senior Director, Indigenous Initiatives position in which she will provide strategic leadership to articulate a University of Waterloo-specific response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, and identify systemic and systematic changes that move beyond the Calls to Action by creating a long-term vision for the University.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Watch Songs in the Key of Cree campus performance

musicians performing on stage

Tomson Highway's Songs in the Key of Cree is a collection of Cree and English songs that are part of a collaborative research project on Indigenous languages revitalization. On November 19, 2019, the Waterloo community was delighted by a Songs in the key of Cree integrated performance-speaker event, with captivating vocalist Patricia Cano, guitarist Kevin Barrett, saxophonist Marcus Ali, and fiddler/guitarist Nathan Halcrow, joined by artist and History MA candidate Emma Rain Smith.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Songs 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.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Waterloo 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.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Jesse 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.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Doctoral student redresses historical stereotypes

Lucy Vorobej in library

As an activist and historian vocal on Indigenous rights, History PhD student Lucy Vorobej works to raise consciousness of how historical negative stereotypes and injustices were created and how they can be redressed within Canadian society. Lucy co-leads a website centred on missing and murdered Indigenous women. Her goal? Diving into the history from the 1970s to the 2000s and assessing how missing and murdered Indigenous women’s narratives were misreported and misstated to understand how different stereotypes of Indigenous women formed.

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