Indigenous Reconciliation Initiatives

Indigenous Initiatives - discussion

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its report, along with a companion document which includes 94 Calls to Action.

The School of Public Health is committed to renewing relationships with Indigenous people, and to creating an inclusive, mindful and respectful teaching, learning and research environment. We are responding to the Calls to Action with a three-pronged Indigenous reconciliation strategy.


Truth and Reconciliation Working Group

Our School-based Truth and Reconciliation Working Group is comprised of Indigenous Elders; University of Alberta faculty members; and School staff, faculty and Indigenous students. They work together to develop and direct our responses to the Calls to Action. The working group is co-led by Stephanie Montesanti and Jeff Johnson.

Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Adjuncts

The appointment of Indigenous adjuncts to the School and the creation of an Elders and Knowledge Keepers program:

  • paves the way to welcome more northern and Indigenous students to pursue graduate education in public health.
  • engages Indigenous knowledge in research activities, supports Indigenous talent and training, and supports mutually respectful relationships with Indigenous communities in research. 

Northern and Indigenous Health Strategy

Northern and Indigenous health is a research priority in the School of Public Health. We view our northern and Indigenous neighbours as partners in our research and essential to finding culturally appropriate and effective public health solutions.

Indigenous Initiatives Contact

P: 780-492-9954



Territorial Acknowledgement

The University of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.