The Office of Indigenous Initiatives
The Office of Indigenous Initiatives was established in response to the report by U of T’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Steering Committee. The Office’s mandate is to support and guide the U of T community as it continues to work towards reconciliation. Efforts are directed towards listening, coordinating, advising, and collaborating with academic and non-academic communities in addressing the Calls to Action. The Office intersects with areas such as teaching and learning, student experience, Faculty and staff recruitment and engagement, and community-based research. The Office also conducts a regular environmental scan, produces a report to establish the impact and progress of Indigenous Initiatives on campus, and manages the activities of the Council of Indigenous Initiatives.
- Shannon Simpson, Director of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives
- Kelly Crawford, Assistant Director, Office of Indigenous Initiatives, University of Toronto Scarborough
- Tee Duke, Assistant Director, Office of Indigenous Initiatives, University of Toronto Mississauga
- Brianna Sands, Special Projects Officer
- Special Projects Officer (Curriculum and Education)
- Joshua Adams, Special Projects Officer (Research and Ethics)
- John Croutch, Indigenous Training Coordinator
- Leanne Grosbeck, Executive Assistant, Office of Indigenous Initiatives
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The University of Toronto has been monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 very closely and taking action as necessary in light of the global situation.
The Equity Offices and Office of Indigenous Initiatives (listed below) remain open and available to provide support to members of our community. As of March 17, 2020 we will predominately be providing our services remotely through phone and or video conferencing. Drop-in appointments are not available at this time. We will continue to assess the situation and hope to be able to return to standard operations in the coming weeks.
We remain dedicated to ensuring accessible equity support and services and uphold our commitment to confidentiality and privacy. Requests for in-person appointments will be assessed on an individual basis.
The above Equity Offices, as well as the Office of Indigenous Initiatives’ hours will remain the same, Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
All information regarding the University’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus can be found on the University of Toronto website. Please also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from the U of T community about the COVID-19 which are regularly updated.
The Council of Aboriginal Initiatives
The Council of Aboriginal Initiatives supports initiatives, strategies, and programming that advance access, retention and degree completion for the Indigenous community at the University of Toronto. The Council’s mandate includes supporting the University’s commitment to excellence and equity by fostering collaboration across the University and with Indigenous communities, government bodies, and other associates.