Campus Life

University of Lethbridge adopts Iniskim Governance Process

Developed under the guidance of Dr. Leroy Little Bear (BASc (BA) ’72, DASc ’04) and the Elders in Residence, the Iniskim Governance Process outlines how ULethbridge will meet the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action. The process was approved by the ULethbridge Board of Governors on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

Indigenization is a priority at ULethbridge and the governance process aligns with the strategy to support Indigenous students, staff, faculty and community members at the University.

Indigenization, in the context of ULethbridge, refers to the inclusion of Indigenous worldviews and perspectives in University programming, supports and activities through consultation and engagement with Indigenous peoples and communities. It means the University respects and includes all Indigenous — First Nation, Métis and Inuit — cultures, traditions and ways of knowing, while recognizing ULethbridge is located in Blackfoot Territory.

The Iniskim Governance Process focuses on students and supporting them throughout their academic journey, as well as helping create employment opportunities for them. This will be achieved through guidance from the Awahksaataaksi Council, made up of Niitsitapi educational Elders and Knowledge Keepers, regarding values and ways of knowing to achieve balance. Advisory circles will lead initiatives in the various University units with the guidance of the Council. The TRC Calls to Action will also guide advisory circles in their actions in the pursuit of initiatives to better focus on youth education and employment opportunities.

The advisory circles for the faculties and departments will consult with the Council or an Elder to ensure proposed actions are culturally sensitive. Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing will become infused across ULethbridge as the campus works toward Indigenization. All academic and administrative units will align with this strategic priority.