Dr. Cara Wehkamp
Dr. Cara Wehkamp

During the month of June, U of G observes National Indigenous History Month, as we recognize and celebrate First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and cultures. As we celebrate, it is also important to act, making good on commitments to reconciliation and working toward a better future.

“National Indigenous History Month reminds us to learn about the diverse and rich cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, to honour the significant contributions of Indigenous peoples across history, and to recognize that despite enduring the ongoing effects of colonization, we have great strength and resurgence,” says Dr. Cara Wehkamp, assistant vice-president (Indigenous Initiatives).

U of G has committed to addressing the discrimination and systemic inequity First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities face in education and research, says Wehkamp. “These goals require dedication and action from all aspects of the campus community. Only then will we make progress towards reconciliation and decolonization on campus and within society.” 

Reconciliation: “Establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in this country. In order for that to happen, there has to be awareness of the past, an acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes, and action to change behaviour.” [1]

Ways you can engage in reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and lands

Understand our treaty responsibilities as Canadians and the need to respond to the Calls to Action and Calls for Justice to help build new mutually beneficial relationships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities for a positive future.

Mtigwaaki Trail

Learn more about Indigenous Initiatives at U of G and resources available through the Indigenous Student Centre.

[1] Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2015, p. 13