Indigenization

Given that approximately 11 per cent of the University of Regina's students have self declared that they are of Aboriginal descent, it is extremely important to ensure that those students - as well as our faculty and staff and members of the public - find our University to be a welcoming and inclusive place. For that reason, a key objective of the University of Regina's Strategic Plan is to ensure that wherever possible, First Nations and Métis cultures are reflected in all aspects of campus life, in everything from our curriculum to our campus design and the ceremonies that are part of Convocation.  

In recent years, a number of important initiatives have been implemented to help Indigenize the University of Regina and support the success of Aboriginal students, faculty and staff on campus. The Aboriginal Student Centre has been expanded to provided a culturally appropriate studying and gathering place for our students, for example, and an Indigenous Advisory Circle (formerly called Aboriginal Advisory Circle) was created to regularly advise the President and Vice-Chancellor on measures that must be taken to ensure that the campus remains dedicated to and focused on meeting the needs of Aboriginal students, faculty and staff.

For further information about the University's continuing efforts to Indigenize our campus, please contact Cheryl Quewezance, Acting Executive Lead, Indigenization, at 306-337-2944 or Cheryl.Quewezance@uregina.ca.

Academic Indigenization


Indigenization is a shared responsibility at the University of Regina.  Indigenizing academic programs is aligned with Peyak Aski Kikawinaw.  Academic Indigenization refers to the transformation of academic programs with an aim of both re-centering Indigenous content, epistemology and pedagogy and through academic program decolonization.  100 ways to Indigenize and decolonize academic programs and courses will provide some guidance on working toward Indigenizing and decolonizing your academic work.


Indigenous Advisory Circle (IAC)  Indigenization Fund


Indigenization is a shared responsibility. Indigenization aims to transform the University of Regina by “including Indigenous knowledges, voices, critiques, scholars, students and materials” for all students, staff and faculty (IAC Strategic Plan 2015-2020, U of R Strategic Plan 2015-2020). This is achieved by increasing the participation of faculty in decolonizing our teaching. In addition, we would like to ensure that supports are in place for faculty to engage in community-based research and service aimed at enhancing the lives of First Nations and Métis peoples in our province.

Some of our Faculties have made notable strides in Indigenization. They have done so by integrating Indigenous content and scholarship into courses, hiring Indigenous faculty, and engaging in research with Indigenous communities. The Indigenous Advisory Circle (IAC) is committed to ensuring that faculty and staff are provided with the supports necessary to engage with Indigenous knowledges, communities and Elders as they work to further Indigenize teaching and research.

First Nations and Métis communities have complex and often integrated research needs. Authentic relationship building with First Nations and Métis peoples must be undertaken in a respectful manner. The U of R faculty could play a greater service role by creating holistic research teams to address issues of poverty, environment, health impacts, cultural renewal, as well as other concerns. The U of R faculty also has a responsibility to offer courses which are reflective of this territory, and reflect the histories and aspirations of the Indigenous peoples of this land. The IAC understands that in order to engage in higher levels of Indigenizing practice faculty need financial support.

The IAC receives a small amount of funding from the Office of the President. These modest resources have helped students, faculty and staff host activities in support of Indigenization. We would now like to dedicate some of these resources toward efforts to Indigenize teaching and research. A Call for Proposals will be launched within one month of deciding the total amount to be allocated to the fund.

This fund does not replace the integration of Indigenization initiatives into core unit funding processes.


Please submit applications to Indigenization.Office@uregina.ca by 4:30 p.m. on May 1, 2017


UR Indigenization Events

Indigenous Research Ethics Workshop

The Office of Indigenization warmly invites you to participate in our first Indigenous Research Ethics Workshop

Featuring keynote speaker:

Chief Elsie Jack of Carry the Kettle First Nation

Barriers and Opportunities of Researchers going into Indigenous Communities

And presentations from:

Dr. Holly Graham (University of Saskatchewan)

Utilizing 2010 Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research involving Indigenous Peoples of Canada

Shane Keepness (University of Regina)

Indigenous Research Protocols & Ethics

Dr. Priscilla Settee (University of Saskatchewan)

Indigenous Knowledge Systems - Protection & Integration

Dr. Andy Miller (First Nations University of Canada)

Community Based Research: Focusing on the Research Ethics Board Requirements and the Impacts to Community & Indigenous/Non-Indigenous Researchers

Dr. Patrick Lewis (University of Regina)

How do we streamline Indigenous Research Ethics within the Research Ethics Board without creating a two-tiered system

Date
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location
University of Regina - Education Building
Registration and Opening Remarks: ED 191
Presentations: ED 209, 310, 311, 312, 388


Cost: Free
Lunch and refreshments will be provided
Free parking will be provided - Lot # to be confirmed

Space is limited so please RSVP to Indigenization.Office@uregina.ca by 4:30 pm on Tuesday May 16th



Please direct questions to Cheryl Quewezance, Acting Executive Lead: Indigenization Cheryl.Quewezance@uregina.ca