President's Indigenous Peoples Scholars Program

In keeping with the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Universities Canada Principles of Indigenous Education, the University of Windsor established the President’s Indigenous Peoples Scholars Program.

In response to the historic under-representation of Indigenous Peoples in leadership roles on campus, the University allocated five tenure-track faculty positions for the appointment of Indigenous scholars.

The university sought applications from scholars in all disciplines who self-identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit.

This program was aimed to:

  • Advance the academic careers of Indigenous scholars.
  • Increase the strength and diversity of Indigenous voices and stimulate dialogue about indigeneity on our campus.
  • Expand the community of qualified, promising Indigenous scholars on campus.
  • Support and enhance Indigenous educational leadership at the University.
  • Foster greater intercultural engagement among Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, faculty, and staff.

The University is committed to building stronger, more meaningful partnerships with Indigenous students, scholars, and communities. Through respectful dialogue and collaboration, we must learn how to become more welcoming, open, visionary places of inquiry and knowledge making. These efforts will enhance access and encourage success for Indigenous students while ensuring the possibility of justice for everyone in our communities. We see the President’s Indigenous Peoples Scholars Program as a key step toward achieving these goals.



The University of Windsor is situated on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations: the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi.

It is an ideal location for scholars committed to research and creative activity with local and far-reaching intellectual, social, economic, and environmental impact. Here, a robust and diverse network of instructors engaged with teaching and pedagogical innovation creates a welcoming environment for all scholars committed to excellence and inquiry in teaching and learning.

The University of Windsor is home to 16,000 students from the local region and over 80 countries around the world, plus approximately 1,400 full-time faculty members and staff. A comprehensive, research-driven institution, we welcome faculty pursuing a wide range of scholarly practice, ways of knowing, and ways of expressing knowledge. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees through nine faculties:

  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Graduate Studies
  • Human Kinetics
  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Odette School of Business
  • Science

The President’s Indigenous Peoples Scholars program is open to academics in any field of study represented within these faculties.


A community-oriented, mid-sized city, Windsor offers friendly neighbourhood living, hassle-free commutes, and easy access to green spaces, lakes, and provincial and national parks. In Canada’s southernmost city, Windsorites enjoy mild winters, long summers, miles of waterfront trails and beaches, and the bounty of one of Canada’s major agricultural regions.

Canada’s fourth most diverse city, Windsor continues to draw newcomers from around the world, creating a constantly evolving cultural conversation in the region and at the University. The history of the Windsor-Essex area is inextricably tied to its geography: Indigenous communities settled on its riverfront as early as 16 centuries ago. It was one of the earliest sites and ongoing conflict points of French and British occupation in North America — and later for British and American Conflict — and also a terminus of the Underground Railroad.

Affordable and accessible, Windsor is minutes away from the diverse amenities of a world-class American metropolis. Detroit offers some of the continent’s finest architecture, the second largest theatre district in the United States, and a thriving dining scene. Music, professional sports, and the arts from around the world are at your fingertips.

One of the most intriguing and important urban laboratories in the world, Detroit is home to a vibrant and diverse grassroots urban renewal movement that has drawn global attention.

The University is a key engine in the creative, economic, and cultural evolution of the Windsor-Essex region. There are rich opportunities to be part of this transformation.

Note: This site is a living document. Our project of cataloguing the important work being done by, with, and for Indigenous Peoples at the University of Windsor is only beginning. As we nurture and grow this site, we are eager to collaborate with the campus community. If you can identify any knowledge gaps, missing resources, or outdated or erroneous information, please contact Anne MullenAcademic Initiatives Officer without hesitation. Similarly, we encourage any members of the campus community who would like to see their work represented here to get in touch.