Western is committed to increasing Indigenous voices and presence across all levels of work, study and research. The Office of Indigenous Initiatives plays a lead role in championing Indigenous strategic directions, building collaborative and community-engaged partnerships, and supporting campus partners in implementing Western’s Indigenous Strategic Plan.
Western’s Indigenous Student Centre and the Office of Indigenous Initiatives stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and Black communities at Western University, in London Ontario, and across Turtle Island. As members of a racialized group who struggle at the systemic intersections of racism, settler colonialism, and global capitalism, we understand the importance of allyship and solidarity, not only during times of struggle, but in our daily actions and relationships. We ask members of the Western and Indigenous communities to join us in anti-racism educational learning, listening to the voices of Black communities, and finding meaningful ways to use our collective agency to influence systemic changes. As such, over the next academic year, we will be offering anti-racism education, and creating spaces for dialogue with Black and Indigenous communities in our programming. #blacklivesmatter
Rising above mere words and seeking to inspire action and commitment towards recognizing and furthering our relationships with Indigenous communities.
Indigenous Awareness Week
Celebrating Western’s Indigenous presence, nurturing relationships and facilitating collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Indigenous Strategic Plan
Elevating Indigenous voices and agency to engage all faculty, staff, students and communities in advancing excellence in Indigenous research, education, and campus life.
Western University is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Attawandaron peoples, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) whom we recognize as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors of our society.