Vice-President (Indigenous)

  • Biography

    Angie Bruce is a proud Red River Métis woman tied to her home community of St. Laurent, Manitoba. Ms. Bruce grew up in the Métis culture and credits the strong maternal figures in her family for instilling a connection to the land, community, culture and spirit. She holds a master's degree in business administration from UM's Asper School of Business (MBA/09) and is currently a PhD Candidate at Nipissing University.

    An impactful and collaborative leader, Ms. Bruce brings experience and success working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and Nations, communities, local, regional and federal governments and organizations, and across the non-Indigenous public, private and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining UM in the role of Vice-President (Indigenous) on February 1, 2024, Ms. Bruce was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada's Nókwewashk sector - the first Government of Canada departmental team to be gifted its name by Indigenous Elders.

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Ms. Bruce brings significant experience in Indigenous research as a leader on projects for the Government of Canada, Government of Manitoba, City of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the Manitoba Métis Federation, with a focus on Indigenous-led processes and program delivery.

While with the Nókwewashk sector, Ms. Bruce grew the Indigenous Natural Resource Program to $100 million and supported the first natural resources international missions that highlighted Indigenous-led partnerships and business around the world. Ms. Bruce also led the development of an Indigenous Research Ethics policy for the department, changing the way scientists engage and partner with Indigenous Nations across Canada.

Previously, Ms. Bruce was Deputy Minister in Manitoba's Indigenous and Northern Relations and Municipal Relations departments. During that time, she led the highest number of Treaty Land Entitlement land transfers in Manitoba's history. She has also held senior positions with the Legacy of Hope Foundation and the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, organizations that worked to support the funding of healing programs in communities for Residential School Survivors and intergenerational Survivors.

Ms. Bruce will advance policy, research and programming that bolsters Reconciliation and Indigenous self-determination, and continue the legacy of exemplary leadership for the Vice-President (Indigenous) portfolio.

Associate Vice-President (Indigenous) – Students, Community and Cultural Integration

  • Biography

    Christine is a proud Red River Métis woman. She grew up in the north end of Winnipeg in a large family. Christine overcame the obstacles of poverty by focusing on education. As a single mother, she finished high school with honours then graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts (major in Native Studies and a minor in Chemistry).

    She has worked at the University of Manitoba for 23 years. In her most current role – Associate Vice-President (Indigenous), she is responsible for students, community, and cultural integration. She is actively involved in strategic planning, cultural education, and advocating for the disruption of anti-Indigenous racism.


  • Christine Cyr

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Some of the community work Christine has done includes volunteering with several Boards and committees, sitting as Chair of the United Way of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Relations Council, member of United Way’s Board of Trustees, Chair of the Circle on Aboriginal People and Philanthropy’s 3rd Annual All My Relations Gathering, and Vice-Chair of Career Trek.

In 2014, Christine received the Future Leaders of Manitoba Award as well as the Service Award from the University of Manitoba for her outstanding work in the field of Indigenous education and for her commitment to the community.

In 2015, Christine was one of only nine Manitoban's selected to attend the Governor General’s Leadership Conference and spent 16 days travelling across Canada learning about governance, economies, cultures, businesses and other sectors.

Christine is a traditional woman who attends, participates in, and leads ceremonies. She lives in Winnipeg surrounded by her husband, four children and eight grandchildren.

She currently co-leads project work in creating a supportive environment for Indigenous students, faculty, staff, and guests including the creation of an anti-Indigenous racism policy, recognizing and compensating the contributions of Indigenous staff and faculty, and the recruitment and retention of Indigenous staff, faculty, and students.

As someone who is dedicated to amplifying and strengthening the Indigenous community at UM, Cyr has developed and led programs like the Post-Secondary Club that advance the recruitment of Indigenous high school students in Manitoba. She also co-created the Indigenous Circle of Empowerment (ICE) leadership program, and established the Métis Working Group and the new position of Métis Inclusion Coordinator.

An accomplished mentor and leader, Cyr received the Future Leaders of Manitoba Award in 2013 and the Service Award from UM in 2014. Her volunteer work has included sitting as Chair of the United Way of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Relations Council, member of United Way’s Board of Trustees, Chair of the Circle on Aboriginal People and Philanthropy’s 3rd Annual All My Relations Gathering, and Vice-Chair of Career Trek.

Christine is active on the Red Road - attending, participating in, and leading ceremonies.


Learn more about Vanessa

Vanessa Lillie is Cree and Métis. Her family is from St. Peter’s/Peguis Reserve along the banks of the Red River. Vanessa has roots in Peguis First Nation, a community in Manitoba’s Interlake. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. Her thesis research focused on the effect of socio-cultural factors leading to Indigenous high school graduation.

She has worked at the University of Manitoba as the first Academic Advisor for Indigenous Students in the Faculty of Arts and a Student Advisor in the Indigenous Student Centre overseeing the cultural portfolio.

As an alumnus of the University of Manitoba, Vanessa works to walk in the footsteps of those who came before her seeking possibilities to make our collective space more accessible, inclusive, and healing. Relationships, listening, and learning are integral to Vanessa as she strives to co-create respectful, community-informed restorative practices. Inclusion and integration of Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing widen the path for generations to come reclaiming spaces within all aspects of education.

She is a strong advocate and an active grass-roots community member who balances her time so she can learn from Elders, Traditional Knowledge Keepers and spend time on the land. She is honoured to be a daughter, mother, sister and auntie.

Learn more about Karla

Karla grew up in Northern Manitoba and is a member of Sagkeeng First Nation. She has family roots in Wasagamack and Sagkeeng First Nation.

With over 15 years’ experience in professional office executive/administrative assistant positions. Karla takes pride in providing the best service and support, she approaches all aspects of any job with a positive, hardworking mindset, and is passionate about helping find solutions to any challenges. Prior to joining the Office of Vice-President Indigenous, Karla worked at Ongomiizwin, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

  • Danielle Lang

    Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice-President (Indigenous) - Scholarship, Research & Curriculum


  • Danielle Lang

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Danielle Lang, Executive Assistant to Dr. Cary Miller, Associate Vice-President (Indigenous). Danielle is a White Settler of French European descent who grew up in La Salle, Manitoba but has spent the majority of her adult life in Fort Richmond. She attended the University of Winnipeg and graduated from Herzing Career College with a Medical Secretary/Transcriptionist diploma. She most recently has worked as the executive assistant to the Department Head, Department of Pediatrics, at the Bannatyne Campus. Danielle and her husband Louis have two small dogs (Larry and Bella) and three adult children. In her spare time Danielle has a passion for puzzling, reading, spending time at her cabin where she and Louis enjoy exploring nature and foraging for raspberries, blueberries and mushrooms!

Learn more about Desta

Desta Tataryn is Métis with family ties to Swampy Cree Nation. She grew up in Selkirk, Manitoba and moved to Winnipeg when she began her degree at the University of Winnipeg, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Sociology. Desta has been working at the University of Manitoba for over than five years and is currently the Assistant to Directors for Cultural Integration and for Indigenous Student Recruitment + Community Relations. Prior to this role, she has worked in various UM units, including the Indigenous Student Centre, Inner City Social Work Program, and Community Health Sciences. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, camping, and reading, and is currently learning to bead.

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Office of the Vice-President (Indigenous)
Room 202C Administration building
66 Chancellor's Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada