Western Reports, Guides & Calls to Action


Western University's Office of Indigenous Initiatives 2021 Annual Progress Report

Fall 2021

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives' (OII) work supports the implementation of Western’s Indigenous Strategic Plan (2016), which identifies eight strategic priorities. In the fall of 2021, OII undertook a survey of the Western community to evaluate the University’s progress in achieving the priorities; a brief summary of the most noteworthy achievements and opportunities for improvement noted by survey respondents is presented in this report, grouped by priority area.



Western University Indigenous Strategic Plan

October 6, 2016

In 2016-17, Western University approved its first Indigenous Strategic Plan (UWO, 2016), which outlined eight broad strategic priorities to advance change at Western.

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More Than Words: A Guide to Land Acknowledgements at Western University


This Guide provides a lot of background information about the meaning behind the words in Land Acknowledgements and embeds reflection questions for readers to consider when writing their own Land Acknowledgement.

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Canadian Reports, Guides & Calls to Action

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

December 15, 2015

To amend Canada’s legacy of residential schools and advance reconciliation, the final report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada called on governments, educational and religious institutions, civil society groups and all Canadians to act on the 94 calls to action. The report provides details of what happened to Indigenous children who were physically and sexually abused in government boarding schools, where thousands died from diseases resulting from poor living conditions. On December 15, 2015, the Prime Minister stated the Government of Canada's commitment to implement the recommendations of the commission.