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Indigenous Directions Leadership Group

IDLG group photo

Members of the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group. From left to right: Brooke Wahsontiiostha Deer, Ron Abraira, Elizabeth Fast, Marie-Ève Drouin-Gagné, Chad Cowie, Donna Kahérakwas Goodleaf, Orenda Boucher-Curotte, Charlie O'Connor, Geneviève Sioui, Wahéhshon Shiann Whitebean, and Charmaine Lyn. Photo credit: Concordia University.


Mandate of the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group

Reporting to the provost and vice-president, Academic, with a three-year mandate, the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group will explore, identify and recommend priority areas in which Concordia can improve its responsiveness to the Truth and Reconciliation’s (TRC) Principles for Reconciliation and Calls to Action.

At the end of its mandate, the group will have ideally also provided input and recommendations on the creation of administrative and governance frameworks that will support these efforts going forward.

The group will do this by:

  • Identifying and recommending structures for community participation to ensure that design and decision-making is consonant with our goals. Such an approach will enable the establishment of trusting relationships and the building up of institutional capacity.
  • Designing and recommending an advisory framework by which community participation can be integrated into decision-making in specific domains (e.g. curriculum and pedagogy, research, governance, space, services, opportunities assessment).
  • Preparing a comprehensive inventory of existing Concordia initiatives that are relevant to the TRC’s Principles for Reconciliation and Calls to Action.
  • Providing input and recommendations, where possible and appropriate, to:
    • create a structure for community participation; including in the decision-making processes and governance structure
    • increase the recruitment, admission, retention, and graduation of Indigenous learners
    • increase the recruitment and retention of Indigenous faculty and staff
    • integrate Indigenous knowledges into existing courses and programs at Concordia
    • enhance the cultural climate at Concordia for Indigenous learners, staff, and faculty
    • increase capacity for Indigenous-based and Indigenous-led research



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