Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Indigenous Initiatives

Since the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Executive Summary in 2015, the University of Alberta has been working towards implementing the Calls to Action in a thoughtful, meaningful and sustainable way. The goal is to ensure that the University of Alberta is a welcoming and safe environment for Indigenous students, staff, faculty and community members and that programs and strategies reflect the institutional commitment to incorporating Indigenous perspectives. With that goal in mind, the Indigenous Initiatives Portfolio was established in the Office of the Provost & Vice-President (Academic) to facilitate institutional collaboration and communication to support the development and implementation of programs, services and initiatives related to Indigenous engagement at the University of Alberta. 

Our approach is grounded in two guiding principles:

  • Building relationships within the University of Alberta and with Indigenous communities and institutions in Treaty 6 Territory. As reconciliation inherently requires strong relationships, our time and energy is focussed on getting to know the Indigenous community on and off campus to inform and guide our work towards reconciliation.
  • Building our institutional capacity to undertake the work of truth-telling and reconciliation. This means hiring more Indigenous scholars, better supporting Indigenous students, and creating pathways for Indigenous students, faculty and staff to be increasingly involved in all areas of our academic and research mission.

Indigenous Strategic Planning

Preliminary work on an institutional response to the TRC Calls to Action included the drafting of some key strategic areas of focus:
1.            Policy and Practice
2.            Indigenous Curriculum and Content Development
3.            Community Engagement
4.            Recruitment and Retention of Indigenous Students
5.            Indigenous Research and Research Ethics
6.            Recruitment and Retention of Indigenous Faculty and Staff
7.            Indigenous Communication Strategy
8.            Coordination and Evaluation


The Indigenous Initiatives leads are working collaboratively with stakeholders inside the University and within the broader community to ensure Indigenous initiatives support the the strategic direction of the University and enhance relationships and opportunities for collaboration. A number of initiatives have taken place or are underway.