Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement)

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Author pmnationtalk
Date February 22, 2017
Type Full Time
Company University of Manitoba
Location MB
Category Education / Teaching - K-12 and other training
Client University of Manitoba
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Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement)


The City
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Located at a geographic centre of North America, Winnipeg is Manitoba’s capital city with a population of over 700 000. Winnipeg is a welcoming gateway, a centre of commerce and trade, and a centre for arts and culture, with a rich history and growing economic opportunity.

Home to one of the largest and fastest growing Indigenous populations in Canada, Winnipeg is proud of its diversity. Manitoba is located in the traditional territories of the Cree, Dakota, Dene, Ojibway, and Oji-Cree First Nations, as well as the Métis nation. Winnipeg derives its name from the Cree word of “win” for muddy and “nippee” for water. It is located at the heart of North America, where the first Treaties since the Confederation of Canada were signed and where the Métis organized the confederation of Manitoba in 1870. An Indigenous trading centre prior to the arrival of the Europeans, Winnipeg was at the hub of the country’s fur trade and instrumental in developing Canada’s gateway to the west. During this time, Métis people in Manitoba settled in the Red River region and along fur trade routes. Winnipeg is also home to a growing Inuit population, many of whom are from the Kivalliq region in Nunavut, just north of the Manitoba border.

There are a number of Indigenous events in Winnipeg that bring communities together and make the city come alive with culture. Since 2007, the Forks (a historic site at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine rivers) is home to the annual celebration of Canada’s National Aboriginal Day. Proclaimed to be celebrated on June 21st each year, it is a celebration of the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. Today, the Forks warehouses have been converted to shops and restaurants and ample green space is dedicat-ed to festivals, concerts and exhibits. Also located at the Forks is the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a national tourist attraction.

Known for its diverse and culturally rich atmosphere, you can always find something to do in this vibrant city. In the summers, Winnipeg hosts Folklarama, a multi-venue event celebrating pride in all cultures. In the winters, the neighbourhood of Saint Boniface hosts Festival du Voyageur, for “Winnipeggers” to discover the history of the voyageur era and the vitality of French language and culture in Manitoba. Winnipeg is home to the NHL Winnipeg Jets. Get tickets to a game and watch it at the MTS Centre in the city’s downtown core. There is also a strong arts scene including the performing arts: Winnipeg is home to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and the Manitoba Opera.

The University   University of Manitoba

University of Manitoba’s Mission: To create, preserve, communicate and provide knowledge, contributing to the cultural, social, and economic well-being of the people of Manitoba, Canada and the world.

The University of Manitoba – the province’s largest university and one of Canada’s U15 research intensive universities – is a uniquely comprehensive medical/doctoral institution serving over 29 000 students in 17 Faculties and Schools and employing more than 4700 academic staff and 3900 support staff. The University of Manitoba has a commitment to transformative research and scholarship, and to innovate teaching and learning – uniquely strengthened by Indigenous knowledge and perspectives.

The University stimulates over $1.8 billion in economic activity in the province annually and is a leader in Manitoba’s knowl-edge economy with ground-breaking research in areas such as globalization and cultural studies, Indigenous governance, Indigenous studies/oral culture, nanotechnology, functional foods and nutraceuticals, HIV/AIDS, and climate change. The University’s current operating budget totals more than $600 million annually.

The University of Manitoba is home to 38 research centres and institutes, and 50 Canada Research Chairs. These re-search centres, institutes and shared facilities promote the exchange of ideas and provide collaborative environments that stimulate multidisciplinary research and development. They also afford novel training opportunities for students and are a valuable resource for the community at large.

Furthermore, the University has four distinct but closely aligned campuses: the Fort Garry Campus, a 274-hectare complex on the Red River in south Winnipeg; the Bannatyne Campus in central Winnipeg, adjacent to the Health Sciences Centre; the William Norrie Centre, the University of Manitoba’s inner-city campus; and a satellite campus in Thompson, MB offering the Northern Bachelor of Social Work program. The University also has three colleges – St. Andrew’s College (Ukrainian Orthodox), St. John’s College (Anglican), St. Paul’s College (Roman Catholic) – that provide students, staff and faculty with a “community within a community.” Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface, where the language of instruction is French, is also affiliated with the University of Manitoba.

To learn more about the University of Manitoba, please visit:

Creating Pathways to Indigenous Achievement: Taking Our Place

Manitoba has a large and growing Indigenous population. Statistics Canada data has predicted that by 2026, the Indig-enous population will comprise nearly 19% of Manitoba’s population. In all of its activities, the University acknowledges the need to work respectfully and collaboratively in partnership with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. The vision is that through collaboration, Manitoba will be the national center for Indigenous research and education. A step in achieving this vision took place in 2015 when the University of Manitoba Migizii Agamik – Bald Eagle Lodge hosted the signing of the Manitoba Collaborative Indigenous Education Blueprint, making excellence in Indigenous education a priority province wide.

The University is engaged in a comprehensive effort to attract and retain more Indigenous students, faculty, and staff. Each year, the University of Manitoba welcomes more than 2,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, including more than 180 graduate students. In its 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, Taking Our Place, the university has committed to creating meaningful and effective pathways for Indigenous achievement. The University of Manitoba is dedicated to fostering a greater under-standing of Indigenous knowledge, cultures, and traditions among students, faculty and staff through courses, new curricula, research projects, workshops, lectures, and events. This includes weaving Indigenous knowledge, cultures, and traditions into the fabric of all people, programming, and spaces at the University. In doing this, the University seeks to become a culturally rich and safe environment that will help to transform the lives of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and commu-nities, and make Manitoba and Canada a better place to live.

The goal is to expand an Indigenous presence and visibility at the University of Manitoba and broader communities that will result in improved success, access, recruitment, retention and completion for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners, as well as promote increased success for Indigenous faculty and staff.

Creating Pathways to Indigenous Achievement: Taking Our Place (cont.)

The University also outlines in their 5-year plan that they will foster K-12 Indigenous student participation in post-secondary education by increasing community outreach and engagement activities that build Indigenous student interest and pre-paredness for post-secondary studies. The University will explore collaborative opportunities with the K-12 system as well as establish and expand upon pre-existing programming and activities for Indigenous youth.

The University aims to strengthen its global connections with Indigenous peoples and programming around the world, to enhance the University’s research capacity on issues of importance to Indigenous peoples, and to celebrate the achieve-ments by Indigenous students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners.

To learn more about Taking Our Place, please visit:

The Opportunity Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement)

The University of Manitoba invites applications for the newly established position of Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement) for an initial 5-year term appointment effective July 1, 2017 or as soon thereafter.

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 is also responsible for the Indigenous Achievement Office and the Indigenous Student Centre overseeing their student support programs, services and facilities.

Specifically, key priorities and challenges of the Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement) will be to:

  • In partnership with internal stakeholders (Deans/Directors, administrative unit heads, faculty, staff, and Indigenous community of the University of Manitoba), foster the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in research, scholarly work and other creative activities.
  • Lead the implementation of the Indigenous Education Blueprint for the University of Manitoba, which will ensure that the inclusion of Indigenous curriculum, programs and research are a priority across all levels of the University.
  • Ensure culturally respectful services and spaces are available to Indigenous students; work collaboratively with leaders of Indigenous support programs and services to enhance the availability and quality of offerings.
  • Promote graduate studies and research in areas tied to Indigenous studies.
  • Enable internal partnerships that support Indigenous achievement and the creation of a culturally rich, safe and supportive learning and work environment; this includes working with internal organizations such as the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

The Opportunity              Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement)


  • Lead community engagement both internally and externally on matters of Indigenous inclusion and achievement including partnering with advisory groups, other institutions, scholars, organizations, government, and Indigenous peoples across Canada and abroad.
  • Support recruitment and retention initiatives for Indigenous faculty and staff.
  • Advance the field of Indigenous education as a field of study and practice.
  • Identify and participate in innovation, funding and fundraising opportunities to further Indigenous initiatives at the University of Manitoba.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement) is a key member of the Provost’s and the University’s senior leadership team.

An influential leader, the Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement) should see themselves as a partner in creating meaningful change through positive collaboration and have a commitment to engagement with all levels of the University – faculty, staff, students, staff, and administration. They 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.

Essential Qualifications

The University is seeking an Indigenous scholar with a PhD in a field related to Indigenous studies and/or experience in advancing Indigenous education, and whose experience and qualifications are commensurate with the rank of a tenured Associate Professor or Professor. Previous administrative experience in an academic setting will be complemented by an exemplary academic track record. Identified as a leader in Indigenous education and fostering support of the community, the successful incumbent will have demonstrated the ability to bring transformational change through collaboration, respect and creativity.

The successful candidate will possess strong communication and engagement skills that will inspire the University community and beyond to work together to achieve the University’s strategic goals. Bringing an expert knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures, colonization, socio-economic issues and the importance of self-concept, the successful candidate will invoke a community-based and participatory approach to relationship building. They will operate with a student-cen-tered perspective as they champion Indigenous engagement for and within the University and outside the campus envi-ronment.

1.0 Home Away from Home – Migizii Agamik – Bald Eagle Lodge and Indigenous Student Support Services and Groups

The bald eagle calms those who are facing the challenges of a strong force.

With the official Grand Opening on September 19, 2008, Migizii Agamik has become a place where connections grow, and it plays a key role in fostering the success of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. The culturally rich building incor-porates many of the Traditional Teachings of Indigenous Peoples of the area, and statues dedicated to the Métis, First Nations and Inuit peoples stand proudly at the front doors. By offering an Elders-in-Residence program and hosting the annual Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering, Migizii Agamiik brings traditional cultural knowledge and wisdom into the academic environment. These programs assist in preserving the histories, knowledge, experiences and perspectives of Indigenous peoples, and connect people together in safe spaces of learning.

A key highlight of the building is the Circle Room, which is used for ceremonies and classes requiring a sacred, collaborative space. Often the home of cultural activities, Migizii Agamik is a smudge-friendly space that welcomes all nations to come learn and share. It is a home away from home for students and offers 24 hour access to facilities including a computer lounge, kitchen, student lounge, and gathering space.

The Lodge is also home to the Indigenous Student Centre (ISC). The ISC is dedicated to empowering the next generation of proud Indigenous world leaders who are rooted in their traditional, cultural and intellectual knowledge. The ISC offers the students a caring, supportive, family-style environment rooted in community ties, identity and Indigenous ways of learning. The ISC is home to Indigenous student advisors, the Indigenous Circle of Empowerment, and the Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor Program.

Several student groups exist on campus that enable students to enhance leadership, mentoring and community-focused energies through participation. These include: the U of M Aboriginal Students’ Association, the Métis University Student As-sociation, the Student Ambassador program UCrew and the Children Rising Mentorship Program.

2.0 Indigenous Programs and Services at the University of Manitoba

In addition to Indigenous student groups and facilities, Access and Aboriginal Focus programs offer a holistic education experience and a supportive suite of services for students.

The University of Manitoba Access Programs within the division of Extended Education provide a safe, respectful and inclusive support network for students overcoming social, economic, geographic or academic barriers. Services offered include personal counselling, possible financial support, pre-university orientation, tutoring and advocacy. The University of Manitoba also offers a Health Careers Access Program, including Nursing, and a Professional Health Program to students studying in these areas.

Aboriginal Focus Programs (AFP) provide education programs through partnership. Certificate and diploma programs are offered through cooperative arrangements with Indigenous stakeholders and via various delivery mediums. Examples include in-house training to staff of an organization or community-based programs. AFP can be pursued as part-time or full-time study, and can incorporate technology-based delivery where student access permits. AFP also has the capability to develop new programs for Indigenous organizations that identify a need for specific post-secondary or adult education not currently available. Current program offerings include: First Nations Community Wellness Diploma, Aboriginal Environ-mental Stewardship Diploma, Aboriginal Child and Family Service Diploma, and the Aboriginal Counselling Skills Certificate.

Other unique programs, services and networks available to University of Manitoba students include:

  • Academic Support Program, Faculty of Law
  • Aboriginal Business Education Partners
  • Centre for Aboriginal Health Education
  • Engineering Access Program
  • Indigenous Planning Exchange Program
  • Inner City Social Work Access Program
  • Northern Social Work Program (degree program offered in Thompson, Manitoba)
  • Master of Social Work based in Indigenous Knowledges Program

3.0 National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) was created to preserve the memories of survivors of Canada’s Residential School system, and to create spaces and opportunities for dialogue, healing, and reconciliation. The Centre is a place of education where all peoples can come to learn about this part of Canada’s history that has, for so long, been hidden.

The University of Manitoba, with its partner Universities and organizations, is proud to be the home of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. For over 150 years, residential schools operated in Canada. Over 150 000 children attended these schools, and many of these children never returned. The damage of the assimilation process inflicted by these schools is still seen today. In 2009, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) began a multi-year process to lis-ten to Survivors, communities and those affected by the Residential School System. The resulting collection of statements, documents and other materials now forms the heart of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) and will rest permanently at the Centre.

Officially opening in 2015, the NCTR will ensure that Survivors and their families have access to their own history. Educators can share the Residential School history with new generations of students and researchers can delve more deeply into the Residential School experience. With this newly founded Centre, the public can access historical records to help increase awareness and foster reconciliation and healing. The University is dedicated to the Reconciliation journey and leading conversations that include both Indigenous and non-Indigenous voices.

The NCTR will ensure that the history and legacy of the Residential School System are never forgotten. To learn more about the NCTR, please visit:

Application Requirements

Applications and nominations, including a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest should be sent as PDF files to Review of applications will begin in March 2017, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Nominations are also welcome.

University Policy

The University of Manitoba encourages applications from qualified applicants including persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to further diversification of the University. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application materials will be received in confidence and handled in accordance with the protection and privacy provi-sions of “The Freedom of Information and Protection Privacy Act” (Manitoba).

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