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.

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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.

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.

Monday, September 25, 2017

‘How are you healing?’ What moving forward looks like for Indigenous women

Amy Smoke with her family members watch daughter in Indigenous regalia

Story from the Waterloo Region Record, September 23, 2017. As part of the conversation surrounding intergenerational trauma and reconciliation, seven female leaders from different parts of Waterloo Region’s Indigenous community share their personal healing journeys.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre wins Equity and Inclusivity Award

four women smile holding plaque

If you’ve ever been to an event at the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre (WAEC), you might have a pretty good idea of why the University’s Status of Women and Equity Committee (SWEC) awarded the Centre with the 2017 Equity and Inclusivity Award.

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