UTM formally opens independent Office of Indigenous Initiatives to build relationships, expand appeal

The University of Toronto Mississauga has officially opened its first independent Office of Indigenous Initiatives (OII-UTM). The office has been tasked with expanding the university’s appeal to a broader audience from Indigenous backgrounds and building stronger, reciprocal relationships with Indigenous communities. “OII-UTM will work to support Indigenous students, staff, faculty and librarians at UTM as well as inspire future Indigenous students to a welcoming and inclusive UTM community,” explained OII-UTM Director Tee Duke, who is a member of Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation. “We will continue to promote equity and inclusion of Indigenous people among students, staff, faculty, librarians and throughout the campus.” Duke shared that she hopes to help create the right environment on campus for Indigenous people at UTM through the creation of new dedicated spaces such as the tipi that has been erected outside of Maanjiwe nendamowinan and the opening of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation Office. “I am excited for what paths lie ahead for us – our community here at UTM,” said Duke.

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