The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within the Office of Indigenous Relations.

Treaties Recognition Week 2022: November 6-12

"The week beginning on the first Sunday in November in each year is proclaimed as Treaties Recognition Week." - Ontario Bill 207, Treaties Recognition Week Act, 2016.  

Treaties Recognition Week honours the importance of treaties and is intended to promote educational opportunities surrounding treaty rights and relationships. Learning about our collective treaty rights and responsibilities, fosters greater understanding and nurtures relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Treaties Recognition Week also represents one of many steps on the path of healing and reconciliation. This legislation was launched in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, specifically Call to Action 10.vii.- Respecting and honouring Treaty relationships.  

To honor our responsibility, the Office of Indigenous Relations will be sharing a variety of educational resources and hosting insightful discussions and teachings.

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University of Waterloo Indigenous Commitment Ceremony

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Friday, November 11, 2022 10:45 am - 11:15 am EST

Remembrance Day 2022

On November 11, the University of Waterloo honours those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and those who served and continue to serve our country today. Remembrance Day is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made for the freedoms we enjoy each day. Led by Indigenous Knowledge Keeper Myeengun Henry, an observance will be held in SLC at the  Great Hall from 10:45 am - 11:15 am. This ceremony will include a special recording from Indigenous veteran Arnold Albert. 

Please join us as we honor, respect, and remember. 

Thursday, November 17, 2022 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

The Longhouse Labs

You are invited to participate in the inaugural community outreach activity of the Longhouse Labs, a program that aims to offer the most prestigious Fellowships for Indigenous artists in Canada, providing a destination for Indigenous knowledge sharing, skill development and creative practice.

The Longhouse Labs, in partnership with CAFKA, KWAG and UWAG are hosting two one-week long residencies at the University of Waterloo. You are invited to meet the artists and learn about and engage with their work, and to hear from Logan MacDonald, Canada Research Chair, Indigenous Art and Longhouse Labs Director, as he shares his vision for the Longhouse Labs program.  As well, you can get a sneak peak at the Longhouse Labs dedicated space with “hard hat tours” of the demoed space.

Friday, November 18, 2022 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST

Hart Book Club

The HART Book Club, launched in February 2022, is a student-focused space to discuss books related to and written by racialized people. As a branch of HART (the Department of History’s Anti-Racism Taskforce), the Book Club is committed to representation, respect, and empowerment for the diverse voices, experiences, expressions, and intersectional identities of racialized groups on campus. The Book Club seeks to foster critical thinking, accountability, and anti-racism among undergraduate and graduate students in particular through engagement with books around anti-racism, solidarity, equity, and creating safe spaces for learning.


To commemorate Remembrance Day, the HART Book Club will be reading What the Eagle Sees: Indigenous Stories of Rebellion and Renewal by Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger (available through the UW catalog). We will meet on Friday, November 18th, 2022, from 5:30pm to 7pm on Zoom to discuss this book. Registration is available at this link.


For further information, please contact Catherine Ramey at or visit our website at this link.

Thursday, December 1, 2022 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST

Indigenous Speakers Series presents Talena Atfield

The Indigenous Speakers Series is honoured to present Dr. Talena Atfield, member of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation of the Six Nations of the Grand River. Focusing on her work with Hodinohso:ni basket weavers, Dr. Atfield will speak about Western notions of the origins of Indigenous artistic practices versus the importance of arts and creation within the community.


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