Meet the Office of Indigenous Affairs
Director of Indigenous Affairs
Tareyn Johnson is Anishnaabe and member of Georgina Island First Nation. She began her role as Director of Indigenous Affairs, in 2017, and returned from an 18-month maternity leave in March 2022. She is currently pursuing her PhD in English Literature at uOttawa and is a 200 HR Certified Yoga Instructor.
Tareyn and her team developed and published the Indigenous Action Plan for the University of Ottawa, which is embedded in the uOttawa Official Strategic Plan, Transformation 2030. She leads the creation and implementation of initiatives, programs and services for Indigenous students, faculty and staff on campus and manages the human and financial resources associated with Indigenous Affairs at uOttawa, including Mashkawazìwogamig Indigenous Resource Centre. Tareyn has worked in Indigenous education and services throughout her professional life and is committed to developing an exceptional post-secondary experience for Indigenous students and staff through consensus-based decision-making and community consultation.
Academic Delegate for Indigenous Engagement and Director of the Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies
Appointed chair of Métis research at the University of Ottawa, Brenda Macdougall has worked extensively documenting Métis, as well as First Nations, history. Her most recent project is to document the Plains Métis buffalo hunting brigades and older fur trade communities in northern Ontario. She came to the University of Ottawa ten years ago from the University of Saskatchewan, where she was a professor of native studies. Because of her training and experience, she is deeply committed to engaging with Indigenous communities, organizations and policy makers and regularly works with the Métis nations of Saskatchewan and Ontario and the Métis National Council, and has made presentations to this group as well as to the Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, federal and provincial deputy ministers of Indigenous affairs, the Department of Natural Resources Canada and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Indigenous Community Engagement Officer
Darren Sutherland is Cree, a member of Fort Albany First Nation, who has spent the better part of his life living in the Ottawa area. He developed a passion for language and history at a young age that led him to study linguistics at the University of Ottawa. Darren now works at his alma mater as the Indigenous community engagement officer. His position allows him to regularly liaise with the community to help inform the direction of services and supports available to Indigenous learners on campus. Darren is the University of Ottawa representative for the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program, a collective dedicated to promoting postsecondary education to Indigenous learners across Ontario and Quebec. As a member of the Indigenous Affairs team, he also assists with Indigenization and cultural awareness efforts at the University.
Jo Ann Buckshot
Jo Ann Buckshot is Algonquin from the community of Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg. She is the Indigenous counsellor at the Mashkawazìwogamig Indigenous Resource Centre.
Jo Ann’s educational background includes a diploma from the Native Child and Family Worker program at Cambrian College, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University, and a Master of Arts in counselling psychology from Yorkville University. A wealth of cultural teachings and experience round out and inform her practice.
Jo Ann’s own educational journey makes her acutely aware of the demands and challenges that students face. Her experience and training have taught her about the importance of self-care and well-being. She uses this knowledge to support students as they work towards their academic and personal goals.
Students, staff and professors can meet with Jo Ann on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. She is available for in-person and remote sessions. If you would like to schedule an appointment or have questions, please reach out by email.