Our Mission


Western’s  Office of Indigenous Initiatives and the Vice-Provost & Associate Vice-President (Indigenous Initiatives) leads system-wide change required to advance Truth and Reconciliation, achieve equitable outcomes for Indigenous Peoples, and implement Western’s Indigenous Strategic Plan. The Office is committed to building and strengthening relationships with Indigenous communities locally, provincially, nationally and internationally, and to fostering an academic environment where everyone experiences the university as a welcoming environment in which Indigenous languages and ways of knowing, being and doing are respected and supported.

The Office’s priority areas are:

  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Communications and reporting
  • Community engagement
  • Policy development and practice
  • Space planning and management
  • Curriculum and training development
  • Student affairs, access and recruitment strategies
  • Faculty and staff recruitment and retention strategies
  • Research and scholarship strategies