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Indigenous Strategic Plan


With the release of the University’s Strategic Plan, Achieving Excellence on the World Stage in 2014, Western proudly renewed its longstanding commitment to “improving the accessibility and success in higher education for Indigenous peoples”.  As part of this strategic priority, we committed to strengthen our approach to planning and engaging Indigenous peoples at every level of study, work, and research, contributing to the best experiences for Indigenous students, staff, and faculty members. To that end, Western’s Indigenous Strategic Initiatives Committee (ISIC) is leading the development of Western’s first ever multi-year Indigenous Strategic Plan – and we want to hear from you.

Western's Draft Indigenous Strategic Plan

Western University's Board of Governors approved the university's first Indigenous Strategic Plan on November 24, 2016. For more information, see a Western News feature on approval of the strategic plan, and download the complete documents below.

Click here to download a PDF file of Western's Indigenous Strategic Plan

Click here to download a PDF file of the plan's EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Submit your Feedback

How to submit feedback

Feedback on Western's Draft Indigenous Strategic Plan is welcomed from the campus community and members of the public. You may submit feedback via email, post, or fax until May 20, 2016.


Mail:                           Attention: Indigenous Strategic Initiatives Committee

        Western Student Services (WSS) building room 2120

        1151 Richmond Street

        London, Ontario

        N6A 3K7

Fax: 519-858-2947

Background Information

Western's Gathering our Voices Talking Circles

Gathering Our Voices - Community Engagement Strategy

On January 23 and 24th 2013, Western’s Aboriginal Education and Employment Council (AEEC), the Office of the Vice Provost (Academic Programs and Students) including Indigenous Services, the Faculty of Social Science including First Nations Studies Program and the Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Initiative (IHWI) collaborated to engage internal and external stakeholders in three interconnected areas:

  1. Indigenous community outreach and engagement;
  2. Indigenous student and staff advancement;
  3. Indigenous research and academic development.

Gathering Our Voices Poster (pdf)

Gathering Our Voices Report/Feedback (pdf)

University Canada's Indigenous Education Principles

Western University is a member of Universities Canada (UC), a national voice for Canadian universities representing 97 universities and degree-level colleges across Canada since 1911. On June 29, 2015, Universities Canada released 13 principles on Indigenous education signifying a unified commitment to advancing Indigenous education and supporting Indigenous students in university learning environments. For more information, visit UC's website.

Truth & Reconciliation Commission Recommendations

On June 2nd 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada presented 94 recommendations as part of an executive summary of its final report including specific actions to redress what took place in Canada’s residential schools. The recommendations address a wide range of areas including education at the primary, secondary and postsecondary levels, child welfare, justice and corrections, and much more. For more information, please visit TRC website.

Western's Indigenous Strategic Plan - FAQs

What are the next steps in this process?

Q. What are the next steps in this process?

A. The Indigenous Strategic Initiatives Committee (ISIC) will be presenting the final draft of Western's Indigenous Strategic Plan to the Senate Committee on University Planning (SCUP), Senate, and the Board of Governors in October-November 2016 for final approval.

Q. How will the plan be implemented?

A. Once this plan has been finalized, Western will develop a comprehensive implementation plan with clearly established targets. Faculties and units across the campus have been engaged in development of this plan, and are encouraged to align their respective activities with various elements of the Indigenous Strategic Plan. Western has also funded an Interdisciplinary Development Initiative in Applied Indigenous Scholarship which will support some of the goals outlined in the strategic plan. We recognize that implementation of this plan will require ongoing dialogue and intentional efforts over the next 5 years.

Who are the members of Indigenous Strategic Initiative Committee (ISIC)?

Q. Who are the members of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives Committee (ISIC)?

A. Members of the Indigenous Strategic Initiatives Committee (ISIC) included:

  • Jana Luker, Associate Vice President (Student Experience)
  • Candace Brunette, Director, Indigenous Services (on parental leave as of February 2016)
  • Brent Stonefish, Interim Director, Indigenous Services (interim committee member in place of Candace Brunette)
  • Rick Ezekiel, Director of Research, Assessment & Planning (Student Experience)
  • Natalie Fletcher, Indigenous Postsecondary Education Circle (IPEC) Community Co-Chair
  • Kevin Lemure, Manager Fanshawe College, IPEC Community Member
  • First Nations Student Association (FNSA) President 2015-16
  • Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) Coordinator 2015-16
  • Dr. Charmaine Dean, Dean of the Faculty of Science
  • Dr. Carol Beynon, School of Graduate Postdoctoral Studies Representative
  • Dr. Angie Mandich / Dr. Karen Danylchuk, Associate Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Jerry White, Associate Professor, Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Initiative (IHWI), Co-Director
  • Dr. Susan Hill, Associate Professor and First Nations Studies Program, Director
  • Dr. Brent Debassige, Assistant Professor and Director of Indigenous Education within the Faculty of Education
  • Dr. Chantelle Richmond, Associate Professor and Director of Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Initiative, Faculty of Social Science
  • Marcia Steyaert, Community Relations Specialist, Communications & Public Affairs

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Q. Who can I contact if I have further questions?

A. Please email any inquiries to