Where we are today: Draft Framework

We are excited to share the Truth and Reconciliation Framework: Time for Action – 2024-2029 (PDF). Informed by community consultations and MOMENTUM: Leading Change Together 2024-2029, this draft framework outlines the vision, mission and shared values, which has guided the Reconciliation Advisory Committee in its work. 

Before the Committee moves forward with presenting a final plan to Senate and the Board of Governors for approval, we invite you to read and share your feedback on this important document. This framework will guide our shared work over the next five years. We want to ensure that it resonates and that the diversity of voices and perspectives that strengthen our UM community are reflected in our framework.

Using the Indigenous Senior Leadership Report and Recommendations and the MOMENTUM: Leading Change Together 2024-2029 plan as guides, the Truth and Reconciliation Framework  provides the high-level context to champion a university-wide Reconciliation Implementation Plan in 2025, which will drive UM’s commitment of advancing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and integrating Indigenous ways of knowing into what we do.

An online form is available to provide your feedback. The form will be available until Friday, July 12, 2024 at 4 p.m. CST and will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. The Committee will be presented with your feedback to inform the final framework. Thank you for the time and energy you have given to help us reach this important milestone. We look forward to receiving your feedback.

Engagements to date

We developed the Truth and Reconciliation Framework (PDF) in consultation with our community.

The Office of the Vice-President (Indigenous) (OVPI) formed a team in fall 2022 following recommendations from UM’s Indigenous Senior Leadership Report. The goal of the team was to lead an engagement process to inform the development of a university-wide plan for Reconciliation.

The team organized three large-scale sessions, bringing together a range of collaborators, including Elders, UM Indigenous students, senior leaders, faculty, staff and Indigenous community members. They kicked off with talks about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action. Participants were asked to share broad, university-wide goals, visions, ideas and needs to address the holistic experiences of Indigenous students, faculty and staff. Participants were also encouraged to consider the intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of working and learning at the UM.

Other recent university reports, many which responded to the Indigenous Senior Leadership recommendations, were also vital in shaping this process. The thoughts and suggestions from those reports were echoed by the participants in the community engagement sessions, contributing to the development of the Reconciliation plan. You can find the reports, which each held their own engagement sessions, on the OVPI's reporting page.

Reconciliation Advisory Committee 2023-2025 – Membership

Leslie Spillett Knowledge Keeper

Angie Bruce Vice-President (Indigenous), Co-sponsor and chair of the committee

Jeff Leclerc University Secretary, Co-sponsor

Andrea Di Ubaldo Senior Communications Associate, Strategic Communications, External Relations

Annemieke Farenhorst Associate Vice-President, Office of the Vice-President (Research and International)

Chantal Daniels Ongomiizwin Education Director, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Christopher Yendt President, Graduate Students Association

Heather McRae Acting Executive Director, Indigenous Communications & Elev, OVPI

Jolene Head Associate Executive Director, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Marcia Yoshida Student Appeals & Academic Gov. Officer (Office of the University Secretary)

Mario Lebar Chief Information Officer, Office of the Vice-President (Administration)

Michaela de Hoop (2024/25) and Ishkode Catcheway (2023/24) Indigenous Students’ Representative, University of Manitoba Students’ Union

Mimi Locher Dean, Faculty of Architecture

Tracey Peter Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs), Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Advisory Committee Resource Person:

Maire McDermott Strategic Initiatives Project Manager, Office of the Vice-President (Indigenous)