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Indigenous Course Requirement Collection

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The University of Winnipeg Archives, in collaboration with Canada Research Chair in Indigenous People, History and Archives, Dr. Mary Jane Logan McCallum, are establishing the “Indigenous Course Requirement Collection” to document and care for the history of our University’s Indigenous Course Requirement.

The University of Winnipeg was one of the first post-secondary institutions in North America to institute a degree requirement to learn about Indigenous people. Several other Canadian universities have since also developed similar initiatives. It is therefore an important moment in our institutional history, but also in the broader history of Canadian education, the history of Canadian universities, and the history of Indigenous education. Likewise, the ICR at the University of Winnipeg helps to trace the social and political era of “Reconciliation” in Canada, contemporary Indigenous student politics, racism and resistance in post-secondary education and Indigenization in post-secondary education.

The overall objective of the project is to create an archive for the Indigenous Course Requirement that includes all administrative, institutional, and social history records relating to the ICR at the University of Winnipeg in order to safeguard the history and contemporary experience of ICR teaching, learning and governance at the University of Winnipeg.

We are actively seeking the records of individuals or groups that hold or have held a role in the development and/or implementation of the Indigenous Course Requirement, or have conducted research on the Indigenous Course Requirement, as contributions to this archival collection.


Examples of records we are interested in obtaining:

  • Committee minutes, agendas, annual reports
  • Posters, flyers, other materials related to meetings addressing the ICR
  • Essays, reports, projects and research materials dealing in part or whole with the ICR
  • Speeches
  • Photos
  • Emails
  • Interviews
  • Notes taken during public meetings

If you have records related to the ICR and would consider a donation to support this initiative – digital, paper, or otherwise - please contact Research Assistant, Felicia Sinclair, at sinclair.felicia@gmail.com.