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Indigenous Initiatives

The University of Alberta is home to a diverse and welcoming community of over 1,300 Indigenous students across the country—with Edmonton having the second-largest Indigenous community of any city in Canada. We celebrate and honour Indigenous connections, including the lands on which our university is located today.

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Indigenous Honoraria Process & Form Change

In alignment with goals outlined in the Indigenous Strategic Plan and reflecting the spirit of a variety of Indigenous practices around gifting and reciprocity, new procedures, guidelines and forms have been established for Indigenous honoraria. The form has been simplified and now requires much less personal and private information from honorarium recipients.

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Indigenous Student Success Survey Report

The Indigenous Student Success Survey contributes to knowledge about Indigenous students’ experiences in order to increase student success at the University of Alberta.

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September 30th: Reflecting in Truth Toward Reconciliation

Andrea Menard (she/they/ᐃᐧᔭᐋᐧᐤ wiyawâw), Lead Educational Developer for Indigenizing Curricula and Pedagogies, takes us through the power and importance of recognizing September 30th as both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as well as Orange Shirt Day, why it matters, and how we move, and reflect, in truth toward reconciliation.

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Braiding Past, Present and Future

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Indigenous Strategic Plan

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INDIGENOUS PROGRAMMING & RESEARCH

The Office of the Vice-Provost (Indigenous Programming & Research) facilitates institutional collaboration and communication to support the development and implementation of programs, services and initiatives related to Indigenous engagement. The office is also working to enable transformative institutional practices that respect and honour Indigenous knowledges across the University of Alberta.

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Indigenous Student Services

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First Peoples’ House

NORTH CAMPUS

Standing true to our beliefs as First Peoples and guided by our cultural teachings, the First Peoples’ House provides an environment of empowerment for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) learners to achieve personal and academic growth.

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Wahkohtowin Lodge

AUGUSTANA CAMPUS

A gathering place for everyone on Augustana campus, the Wahkohtowin Lodge offers opportunities for Indigenous students to access a range of services as well as gather with each other, with Elders and with Indigenous community members.

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I-STEAM Pathways

NORTH CAMPUS

Enabling First Nations, Métis or Inuit undergraduate students to gain research experience in environmental fields including science, environmental engineering, environmental law and policy.

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Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement

NORTH CAMPUS

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) offers the opportunity for Indigenous graduate students to engage with their peers, faculty and researchers, and facilitated their development both on- and off-campus.

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Free Online Course: Indigenous Canada

We have the responsibility to educate and the opportunity to uplift the next several generations, which is why all are welcome to join Dr. Paul Gareau, Dr. Tracy Bear, Alannah Mandamin-Shawanda, and Isaac Twinn, as they lead learners through an exploration of Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. It’s free, it’s online, and there’s a space waiting for you.

INDIGENOUS-FOCUSED LEARNING

We are the only university in Canada with a Faculty of Native Studies. Both within this faculty and beyond, the University of Alberta offers Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike education focused on the complexity of Indigenous issues and thought.

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SITUATED KNOWLEDGES: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND PLACE (SKIPP)

One of the University of Alberta’s signature research and teaching areas, SKIPP was created to highlight Indigenous scholarship, create a strong community of Indigenous scholars, and allow other scholars to come into that space to learn and connect. Indigenous scholarship is defined as teaching, research, community engagement, research creation, and activities, locally and globally.

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Truth & Reconciliation report

Recognition and Reconciliation

At the U of A, we know that we have the responsibility to educate and the opportunity to uplift the next generation as part of the movement to unravel systemic racism. At the same time as we celebrate the vibrant First Nations, Inuit, and Metis lives lived, it's also a time to reflect on the intergenerational effects of colonialism. You can learn more, including calls to action, and can access supports by visiting the following Canadian and international resources:

Resources for Everyone

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Supporting Indigenous Language Revitalization (SILR)

SILR seeks to build capacity for community-led Indigenous language revitalization in Canada. Their work seeks to provide support for community-led Indigenous language revitalization efforts through the coming generations — a future where Indigenous languages are healthy and vibrant, and are spoken in homes, schools, workplaces, and on the land.

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Presenting Our Presence

Presenting Our Presence (POP) is a monthly vodcast and podcast that amplifies the voices and visibility of the Indigenous knowledge-holders, learners and change-makers who enliven the University of Alberta community. POP’s Indigenous-led protocols and ethics centre knowledge holders' sovereignty as stewards of their own stories.

Turtle Spirit Pathway Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students

The Turtle Spirit Pathway Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students assists Indigenous students who are entering the U of A and who have demonstrated financial challenges and barriers to attending university.

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Stories

Read about how Indigenous students and academics are uplifting the whole people through their teaching, research, and advocacy.

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