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Initiatives at Queen's

Initiatives at Queen's

Queen’s University is committed to continually addressing and improving the resources and support available to its students so as to foster inclusivity and reflection within in the institution. A pat of this has been acknowledgment of Queen’s participation in the colonial tradition and failure educate students about the histories and perspectives of indigenous people. The university has taken a number of steps in an effort to break down barriers and to begin to repair its relationship with indigenous people. For resources and support targeted specifically to student needs, see Resources, Support, and Student Organizations.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force

In April, 2016 Queen’s created a task force to determine how the university should respond to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action. The Task Force was composed of Indigenous and non-Indigenous faculty, staff, students, senior administrators, and community members. In their final report, the Task Force made a number of recommendations. How the university at large addressed these recommendations in the year that followed the release of the report was addressed an implementation report published in April, 2018. Both the TRC Task Force Final Report (PDF, 4.07 MB) and the Implementation Report (PDF, 890 KB) are available for download.

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives was created in response to the recommendations made in Queen’s TRC Task Force Final Report. The Office, under its inaugural Director of Indigenous Initiatives, Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), will provide centralized coordination for academic initiatives and student support, including the facilitation of other TRC Task Force initiatives the promotion of an understanding of and relationship building with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities.

Intercultural Awareness Certificate

Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre (FDISC) and Queen's University International Student Centre have worked together to offer a certificate in Intercultural Awareness. This program is a five-part series of workshops which will help students to recognize that gaining intercultural awareness requires a commitment to life-long learning. Participants must attend five 90 minute workshops, or three 150 minute workshops, in order to receive a certificate. Workshops are repeated in the Fall and Winter Terms. You can see the full schedule here. Space is limited; reserve your place by emailing

Aboriginal Council of Queen's University (ACQU)

The Aboriginal Council of Queen's University was established in 1992...

" ensure that for generations hereafter Aboriginal peoples will have access to higher education at Queen's University, and that the institution will be responsive to the broader needs of Aboriginal peoples."

The Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University (ACQU) has three working groups that support the 2012 Aboriginal Education Policy Objectives. These three working groups are: Aboriginal Student Access and Support, Indigenous Cultural Awareness and Programming, and Indigenous Knowledge, Curriculum, and Research.

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in the Faculty of Arts and Science

In February, 2018, the Faculty of Arts and Science announced a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship program to recognize the scholarship of outstanding Indigenous PhD candidates from across Canada. Information on the program can be found on the Faculty of Arts and Science website.

Queen’s Law Aboriginal Initiatives

Queen’s Law Aboriginal Initiatives is a part of the Faculty of Law’s commitment to increasing Aboriginal representation within the legal profession and supporting Aboriginal student who choose Queen’s.