U of G’s Indigenous Initiative Strategy

[Music from Ibsterwaltz plays, performed by Rajan Anderson-Dornan (fiddle) and Kim Anderson (keyboard).]

[A Métis woman walks towards the camera in slow motion. She wears a beaded top hat, a plaid wrap and a black skirt with floral embroidery.

[Text appears that reads: “As educators of the next generation, universities hold unlimited potential to reshape Indigenous-settler relations and provide hope for the future.” Dr. Kim Anderson, co-lead of the University of Guelph’s Indigenous Initiatives Strategic Task Force]

[Aerial footage of the University of Guelph campus plays with white text overtop reads: The University of Guelph is taking action to build on our commitment to decolonization and reconciliation.]

The cover of the Indigenous Initiative Summary Report “Bi-naagwad | It comes into view” slides onto the left of screen. The cover is an image of six Indigenous students standing on a brick path on the U of G campus, looking back at the camera, trees in the background. To the right, text appears.

“Bi-naagwad: It Comes Into View. Indigenous Initiatives Strategy”

[To the right an illustration in white linework depicts a bald eagle flying, facing to the left.Developed with Indigenous Knowledge Holders, the strategy includes 150 recommendations on the indigenization of our services, policies, practices and campus environment.

[A First Nations woman speaks to a room full of students at Kikendaasogamig Elementary School. There is a whiteboard in the background and the students are sitting in front of the woman listening. White text is overlayed. To the right an illustration in white linework depicts a bald eagle flying, facing to the left. Its head and tail are slightly shaded in white and there are white watercolour splatters on the black background. A black background appears and red colour block cut diagonally in bottom right corner.)

[Students dressed in winter clothing are gathered around a Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Knowledge Holder outdoors. There are trees in the background and snow on the ground. The students are smiling and laughing. White text appears]

“The strategy provides a path for transforming education and research which is essential for the strengthening of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and to move toward a brighter future for all.” Miptoon Chegahno | councillor, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and Knowledge Holder and member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Indigenous Initiatives.

[Text remains on a black background. To the left, an illustration of a caribou facing left. The caribou walks through snow and branches. The caribou has grey shading throughout and has a blue watercolour splash background. In the bottom right corner, there is a red block of colour cut diagonally.)

[An outdoor shot of an Inuit woman carrying a baby on her back. The woman wears an amauti and she looks back at the baby who is wearing a red jacket and looking at the camera. The image slides to the right across a black background.]

[White text on a black background to the right. To the left an illustration of a First Nations woman, wearing traditional clothing and moccasins. Her hair is in braids and wrapped with hide. She is holding a medicine pouch and a rawhide rattle. Blue and black watercolour splatters are in the background. In the bottom right corner, there is a red block of colour cut diagonally.]

“Our goal is to guide and foster an environment where Indigenous peoples and knowledges can flourish.” Dr. Cara Wehkamp | co-lead of the University of Guelph’s Indigenous Initiatives Strategic Task Force

[Close-up shot of a hand drum pans out to show a woman nearby drumming and singing. Close-up shot of a hand holding a lit braid of sweetgrass over an abalone shell used for a smudging ceremony.]

[Pan down shot of the outside of the Arboretum Centre looking in through the window at the Celebration of Indigenous Achievement. A woman on stage stands at a microphone, speaking to an audience of people at tables.]

[Video of a group of students around a table in a house with a hanging of the Seven Grandfather Teachings on the wall behind them. Students are writing on a large, white piece of paper on the table with the words ‘Education’ ‘Decolonization’ ‘historical context’ and ‘social issues’ written on the paper with links drawn connecting the words to each other. Students talk to one another and pass the marker to each other.]

[Interior image of three Indigenous students smiling looking at one another with white text overlaid. To the right, an illustration of blueberries and leaves transitions to a black background with blue watercolour splatters behind the illustrations. In the bottom right corner, a red block of colour cuts diagonally.)

“For the benefit of Indigenous students for years to come, we must do the hard work now.” Paige Saunders | undergraduate representative on the President’s Advisory Committee on Indigenous Initiatives

[Yellow and white text over an image of a Métis woman kneeling beside a river with a copper pot in her hands. She wears a ribbon skirt with the hair in braids. Overlaid in the bottom half of the image is a semitransparent red block of colour cut diagonally, within the block is a white illustration of a cedar sprig and white text that reads the above theme title with a yellow line underneath.

BI-NAAGWAD | It Comes Into View

Read the report at indigenous.uoguelph.ca/strategy