The University of Manitoba is engaged in comprehensive efforts to attract and retain more Indigenous students, faculty and staff; to incorporate Indigenous perspectives and knowledge within its program offerings; and to honour First Nations, Métis and Inuit traditions and cultures in its spaces. Integral to achieving this vision is the newly established position of Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement). This key leadership position will advance the University’s strong commitment to Indigenous achievement through its learning, discovery and engagement pathways. An early priority for this role will be to partner with academic and administrative units to guide the University’s commitment to embedding Indigenous perspectives into curriculum, programs and research. The Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement) is also responsible for the Indigenous Achievement Office and the Indigenous Student Centre - overseeing their student support programs, services and facilities.
Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement) is a key member of the University’s senior leadership team and will influence all Indigenous programming at the University of Manitoba and contribute significantly to the local, provincial and national dialogue on Indigenous rights and education.
Dr. Lynn Lavallée was named the U of M's first Vice-Provost (Indigenous Enagagment) in September of 2017. A visionary who unites Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing with university policies and culture, Dr. Lavallée is an Anishinaabe woman registered with the Métis Nation of Ontario. Prior to the U of M she served as Ryerson University's associate director in the School of Social Work and led an equity, diversity and inclusion initiative for student admissions for the School. She was also instrumental in establishing Ryerson's Aboriginal Education Council and served as Chair of their Research Ethics Board.
Dr. Lavallée's research and teaching interests include Indigenous health, cultural, sport and recreation programs; Indigenous epistemology and Indigenous research methods.
The University of Manitoba's role in reconciliation, its connections with Indigenous communities, and its commitment to Indigenous achievement are central to the culture we seek to create.