The Office of Indigenous Initiatives >maintains ongoing engagement with Indigenous communities through the following two councils:

Indigenous Postsecondary Education Council (IPEC)

Established in 1995 , IPEC acts as an avenue for the University to seek advice and engage Indigenous communities in postsecondary matters. The  Council meets at least four times a year, and its membership includes a wide range of people from both on and off campus.

Indigenous Faculty Advisory Council

Western recognizes the vital role that Indigenous scholars play in Indigenizing the University. The purpose of the Council is to support Indigenous faculty members by holding a culturally safe space for them to meet regularly, nurture a sense of community, and discuss needs and challenges relevant to their success. The Council also provides guidance to OII in the identification, development, and delivery of Indigenous strategies that support and advance Indigenous faculty members in their teaching, research, and service.

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