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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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 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, 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, April 3, 2017

Indigenous Speaker Series: moving forward together

Sylvia McAdam

The Faculty of Arts and the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre (WAEC) are co-sponsoring a new Indigenous Speakers Series highlighting the voices of Indigenous artists, writers, activists, and leaders from across Turtle Island. The series offers UWaterloo students, faculty and staff opportunities to learn from, understand and engage with Indigenous issues.

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