Indigenous Affairs is under the responsibility of a senior member of the institution’s administration, in this case the Vice-President Academic and Provost.

The Vice-President Academic and Provost is supported by a professor, the Academic Delegate for Indigenous Engagement, with the necessary expertise in the field. The Academic Delegate for Indigenous Engagement will support the Vice-President Academic and Provost’s by providing the required strategic and academic leadership.

Indigenous Action Plan Implementation Committee 


In 2020, the Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs launched an Indigenous Action Plan (2019-2024) that contains 27 recommendations to ensure the integration of Indigenous people and traditional knowledge into the University's overall mandate and strategy. This Committee ensures the implementation of these recommendations. 


  • Develop an implementation plan and set a timeline for each of the recommendations. 

  • Based on the strategy and timeline, ascertain from the faculties and departments concerned the progress made in implementing each of the recommendations. 

  • Report annually on the progress of the work to the authorities concerned. 

Operations Management

The management of budgetary operations and human resources, previously under SASS, was shifted back to the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs. The senior advisor for Aboriginal Affairs, now known as the Director of Indigenous Affairs, manages these elements.

Mashkawazìwogamig: Indigenous Resource Centre

Mashkawazìwogamig Indigenous Resource Centre (IRC) provides valuable cultural and social activities but the mandate calls for more than a meeting space for Indigenous students. The IRC is a hub not only for students but also for professors and members of the community wishing to take part in a wider variety of activities that are intended to meet varying needs. 

Indigenous Education Council

The Indigenous Education Council (IEC) represents the interests and concerns of local Indigenous communities and is committed to the educational success of current and future Indigenous learners. Its university-wide mandate is to develop and implement relevant policies, programing, services, and spaces that affect and impact Indigenous post-secondary success. The IEC’s ultimate responsibility is to facilitate the creation of a new, meaningful, and lasting relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples based on a respectful partnership between uOttawa and Algonquin communities upon whose lands the university sits, as well as other Indigenous communities that work in partnership with uOttawa.