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Office of Indigenous Initiatives

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives builds community, advances reconciliation/conciliation and integrates Indigenous ways of knowing and being into the fabric and life of the university.

We're committed to:

Respect and inclusivity

Strong relationships

Skennen (Peace)

Access and support

Raising awareness

Consensus-based decision-making

Kahsatstensera (power)

Kahnikonriyo (righteousness / the good mind)

 Truth telling

Dialogues on Indigeneity at Queen’s University

Final Report now available.

We remain committed to creating appropriate spaces in which Indigenous members of the Queen’s community can engage in respectful, open, and productive discussions.

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TRC Task Force Implementation Report - Year Five

This year’s annual implementation report covers the progress made in implementing the TRCTF recommendations and highlights upcoming initiatives over the 2021-22 academic year. As this is our Year 5 report, this version also includes 5 year reflections on the work being done at Queen's University.

*Updated Feb 2023. 

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Statements and Messages

From time to time, statements and messages are released by the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and the Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation). We encourage you to read the messages and to contact our office with any questions or comments.

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Community Research Partnerships

Indigenous Community Research Partnerships is an open online training resource to help researchers discover a principled approach to research partnerships with Inuit, Métis, and First Nations communities.

Access the training

The Importance of Indigenous Studies

Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill) Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation) from Queen’s University speaks to the importance of Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Studies at Queen's


WATCH: Janice Hill on the Importance of Indigenous studies

Selected articles from Queen's Gazette

Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill)

May 02, 2024

Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill) receives Indspire Award for Education

Queen's Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation), Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill) was named one of 12 winners at the 2024 Indspire Awards, set to be televised on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Witness Blanket on display in Stauffer Library

Apr 23, 2024

Witness Blanket exhibit honours residential school history and reconciliation

Queen’s Stauffer Library hosts the art installation from Canada’s Museum of Human Rights that travels across the country to help tell the tale of Indigenous resilience and reconciliation.

Gordon E. Smith

Apr 09, 2024

Gordon E. Smith appointed director of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

A professor in the Dan School of Drama and Music, Dr. Smith has served in a number of leadership roles, including as the interim director for the past two years.