Indigenous Affairs Governance
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.
Standing Committee on Indigenous Engagement
To provide the delegate with the necessary support, we recommend forming a standing committee made up of a few members of the University community who are responsible for working with key stakeholders, including the Indigenous Education Council (IEC), to ensure that a vision for Indigenization is developed. To do this they will identify priorities and strategies for action that are better integrated., not only with the values of Indigenous peoples but also with the University’s strategic plan. This committee is, furthermore, responsible for preparing a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report and ensuring that the University of Ottawa fulfills its commitment to the MOU signed with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
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, now known as the Director of Indigenous Affairs, for Aboriginal Affairs manages these elements.
Mashkawazìwogamig: Indigenous Resource Centre
The IRC provides valuable cultural and social activities but the mandate will now be more than simply a meeting space for Aboriginal students. The Centre, Mashkawazìwogamig (place of strength), 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 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.