Indigenous Scholarship

Our Vision for Applied Indigenous Scholarship

In Canada, there are but a handful of universities who have undertaken the supportive systemic and social or ideological changes needed to foster Indigenous scholarship in meaningful ways. Led by Western’s Indigenous scholars, our IDI is committed to setting the foundation from which Western can become a global destination for Indigenous scholarship. To achieve this goal, we bring together a broad network of interdisciplinary scholars and support services who will draw from their skills, capabilities and passions to make Western a place that fosters and supports inclusion, teaching excellence and research innovation in Indigenous scholarship. 

By sowing the seeds of reconciliation broadly across Western’s campus, the overall goal of our IDI is to enliven the structural, substantive and sustainability requirements to make Western a destination for Indigenous scholarship.