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Indigenous Senior Administrative leaders from post-secondary institutions across Canada have formed the National Indigenous University Senior Leaders’ Association (NIUSLA).

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Indigenous Senior Administrative leaders from post-secondary institutions across Canada have formed the National Indigenous University Senior Leaders’ Association (NIUSLA).

January 5, 2022

First Nations University of Canada President Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann co-chairs the association alongside Dr. Michael Hart, vice-provost of the Office of Indigenous Engagement at the University of Calgary. 

NIUSLA aims to network and engage in constructive dialogue and actions on the roles and responsibilities of leadership within the academic university context. NIUSLA members will have the opportunity to share experiences and information, provide recommendations, and identify areas of success and need within post-secondary institutions. NIULSA strives to:

  • Develop a vibrant and recognized leadership association of university Indigenous senior leaders;
  • Address challenges and issues relevant to Indigenous senior leaders;
  • Increase the communication and resource capacity of NIUSLA; and
  • Strengthen and build capacities of Indigenous senior leaders.

Given the rise of high-profile Indigenous identity fraud and the increasing designation benefits (dedicated positions, research funding and scholarships) for Indigenous peoples at academic institutions in the era of truth and reconciliation and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the timing was advantageous for Indigenous senior academic administrators to take the lead and begin working collaboratively by encouraging and promoting expressions of self-determination and leaning into the strengths of its members within non-Indigenous university contexts. 

Indigenous senior leaders with a university, college or faculty-wide mandate are invited to join NIUSLA.

Information on membership in NIUSLA is available from the First Nations University of Canada President’s Office at 306.790.5950, or email jottmann@firstnationsuniversity.ca.

You can read the full joint news release here.

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