President's Advisory Committee on Indigenous Initiatives

The University of Guelph established the President’s Advisory Committee on Indigenous Initiatives (PACII) to identify, develop, and advance strategic institutional priorities that will:

  • promote greater awareness and recognition of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, and foster reconciliation within our institution and the broader community;

  • improve access to and support the participation of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in post-secondary education, including undergraduate and graduate academic programs, and the workforce (staff and faculty);

  • enrich the curriculum and pedagogy through greater inclusion of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures, knowledges, languages and worldviews within academic programs;

  • further innovative research based on ethical and reciprocal relationships;

  • foster and sustain relationships for meaningful engagement between the University and Indigenous communities; and

  • help to identify and secure funding to support Indigenous learners, and institutional initiatives that promote greater engagement of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures, knowledges, languages and worldviews and work towards reconciliation.

You may contact the PACII by emailing Cara Wehkamp, Assistant Vice-President (Indigenous Initiatives) at or Charlotte Yates, President and Vice-Chancellor at


Current Members

  • Charlotte Yates, President & Vice-Chancellor (Chair) 
  • Kim Anderson, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Relationships and Associate Professor, Family Relations 
  • Gwen Chapman, Provost and Vice-President (Academic) 
  • Miptoon Chegahno, Councillor, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation 
  • Colinda Clyne, Curriculum Leader for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education, Upper Grand District School Board 
  • Brian Husband, Associate Dean, Academic, College of Biological Science 
  • Karina McInnis, Associate Vice-President (Research) 
  • Jennifer Parkison, President, Grand River Métis Council 
  • Paige Saunders, Undergraduate student and Co-Chair, Indigenous Student Society  
  • Irene Thompson, Interim Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) 
  • Cara Wehkamp, Assistant Vice-President (Indigenous Initiatives)
  • Graduate Student - Vacant 

Updated April 13, 2022

Recent Meetings

  • January 12, 2021 - Indigenous Initiatives Strategy
  • October 13, 2021 - Nokom's House and Indigeneity
  • April 13, 2022 - Indigenous Initiatives Strategy Progress, Indigeneity and Indigenous Student Centre  
  • Next Meeting

Terms of Reference