Indigenous Initiatives Strategic Task Force

Steering Committee 

The Steering Committee was composed of the chairs of the Working Groups.

  • Kim Anderson, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Relationships and Associate Professor
  • Ben Bradshaw, Assistant Vice-President (Graduate Studies)
  • Ray Darling, University Registrar
  • Brian Husband, Professor and Associate Dean (Academic)
  • Cara Wehkamp, Assistant Vice-President (Indigenous Initiatives)
  • Natasha Young, Manager, Indigenous Student Centre
  • Support: Anna Johnson, Graduate Research Assistant 

Advisory Circle

The Advisory Circle provided guidance on the development of the strategy including the harmonization of First Nations, Métis and Inuit knowledges, cultures and perspectives. The Advisory Circle was composed of Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Holders who are engaged at the community level.

Working Groups

Through engaging with relevant communities and drawing on their own expertise and experiences, the Working Groups reviewed past and current campus initiatives, programs, services, protocols and policies and noted where development and enhancement was needed and made recommendations grounded in the literature and promising practices.

The Working Groups  focused on the following five strategic themes: governance, Indigenous student support, pedagogy and curriculum, research and scholarship and campus environment. 


Institutional structures, policies and procedures aimed at enhancing equity and reconciliation.

Indigenous Student Support

The student experience of First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners from recruitment to graduation.

Pedagogy and Curriculum

The integration of Indigenous knowledges, cultures and worldviews in curriculum and teaching practices.

Research and Scholarship

The decolonization of scholarship and research practices with an emphasis on ethics and community engagement.

Campus Environment and Cultural Safety

The inclusion of Indigenous knowledges, cultures, and ways of knowing, being and doing in the campus environment.

Organizational Structure and Guiding Documents