Creating Pathways to Indigenous Achievement

The University of Manitoba’s role in reconciliation, our connection with Indigenous communities, and our commitment to Indigenous achievement are central to the kind of future we seek to create.
Our vision and commitment to create meaningful and effective pathways for Indigenous achievement are outlined in the 2015-2020 University Strategic Plan,
Taking Our Place.  As such, the University 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. 

To further these commitments, the University of Manitoba has established several new roles:

Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement)
This senior 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.
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Indigenous Scholars
As a leader in Indigenous education and research, the University of Manitoba is dedicated to being a centre of excellence for this work.
The University created the Indigenous Scholars Fund to support the recruitment of Indigenous Scholars who work in scholarly areas that advance our goals and priorities associated with Indigenous Achievement as stated in Taking Our Place, the U of M's Strategic Plan, 2015-2020. Indigenous Scholars refers to scholars who are of Canadian Indigenous background (i.e. First Nations, Métis or Inuit), and specialize in topics relevant to Indigenous experience. Faculties, schools, colleges, libraries and administrative units were invited to submit proposals to the fund in the fall of 2016. The following six positions were approved for funding and announced in January, 2017:

Agricultural and Food Sciences – Assistant/Associate Professor, tenure-track position
The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences invites applications for a position in one of the following broad disciplines: Agricultural Business/Economics; Food/Nutritional Sciences; or Agricultural Production/Ecology. Identification of a specific Department (Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Biosystems Engineering, Entomology, Food Science, Human Nutritional Sciences, Plant Science, Soil Science) will be based on the area of specialty of the successful candidate. The successful candidate will be required to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of expertise with inclusion of Indigenous perspectives and approaches, and will work closely with other instructors to help include Indigenous knowledge and perspectives for all students.
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Arts – Assistant Professor, tenure-track position, Department of Native Studies
The ideal candidate will have or will be close to completion of a PhD in any area of Indigenous/Native Studies and Indigenous scholars from across the disciplinary and interdisciplinary spectrum are encouraged to apply. Candidates should have a commitment to working and researching collaboratively with Indigenous Peoples and communities, a record of developing research excellence, an interest in fostering and enhancing connections with Indigenous individuals and organizations, and some experience in teaching, course development and delivery. The successful candidate must also have excellent interpersonal skills, personal and academic integrity, and be a creative and energetic individual with a demonstrated interest in advancing Indigenous knowledge, critical theories, and research methods and methodologies.
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Education – Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration, Foundations and Psychology
Applicants must have, or be near the completion of, an earned doctoral degree (PhD or EdD) in an education field, as well as expertise in teaching and research/scholarship in Canadian Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) Education as it relates to the K-12 (public or First Nations Community) school systems or Adult Education settings. The teaching, research and service efforts of the new Indigenous scholar will help to: (a) impact social attitudes; (b) inform educational practice; (c) foster curricular change; (d) develop the capacity of educators at all levels to work with Indigenous students; (e) build learning capacity across the lifespan; and (f) promote the development of research methodologies that are consistent with Indigenous ways of knowing.
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Engineering and Architecture – Instructor/Assistant/Associate Professor in the joint Faculties of Engineering and Architecture
The Indigenous Scholar in the Faculties of Engineering and Architecture will work to enhance existing Indigenous connections in both Faculties and create new connections. The scholar will also work to advance the Taking Our Place objectives, particularly to: (a) ensure our students graduate with a basic understanding of Indigenous perspectives and issues associated with architecture, design, engineering or planning; (b) enhance the research capacity in the Faculties of Architecture and Engineering on issues of importance to Indigenous communities; (c) contribute to an increasingly culturally diverse, safe and supportive learning environment for an increasing number of Indigenous students; and (d) assist in augmenting engagement and relationships with Indigenous communities.
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Kinesiology and Recreation Management – Assistant Professor, Department of Physical or Recreation Management and Community Development
The Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management (FKRM) invites applications for two positions at the rank of Assistant Professor. The ideal candidates will possess an earned doctorate (or be near completion) and specialized knowledge in the area of Indigenous land-based education. The candidates will demonstrate the ability to communicate the vital importance of land-based practices for the wellness and livelihoods of Indigenous people. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to contribute to the development and delivery of new courses in areas including Outdoor and Land-Based Education, Indigenous Perspectives on Land-Based Education, and Indigenous Recreation and Well-Being as well as contribute to scholarship in a related field.
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Science – Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
The ideal candidate will have a strong publication record in animal conservation and behavioural ecology and will have demonstrated commitment and leadership in the areas of Indigenous student achievement and engagement in science. Research that supports outreach, citizen science, and/or mentoring activities (see NSERC 2020) would be an asset. The successful candidate must hold a PhD and be able to establish an independent research program in this field and provide leadership in mentoring toward Indigenous student achievement. The successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to establish an active, independent and externally funded research program; to teach and engage undergraduate and graduate students in areas of the biological sciences; to promote research synergies within the department, across campus, and in the wider community; and to have experience in leadership and mentorship related to Indigenous student achievement.
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Niigaan teaching
Niigaan Sinclair, Acting Head, Department of Native Studies.

"The success of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and communities is vital to the health and well-being of our province and, indeed, our nation. By incorporating Indigenous perspectives into our learning, discovery and engagement programs, the University will help to transform the lives of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and communities, and make Manitoba and Canada a better place to live." - Taking Our Place

Emma teaching
Emma LaRocque, Professor, Department of Native Studies.