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Acknowledge the past and look forward: New director of Indigenous initiatives to make U of T a welcoming space – U of T News

by ahnationtalk on December 12, 201951 Views

Shannon Simpson, currently the director of First Nations House and Indigenous Student Services, is taking on a new leadership role at the University of Toronto as the director of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives – part of the university’s calls to action in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

For the past 16 years, Simpson has committed herself to improving Indigenous services and visibility on the St. George campus. Working in First Nations House and Indigenous Student Services since 2003, Simpson has been key to improving Indigenous supports and services across all three campuses and has witnessed first-hand the efforts the university has made to take steps towards reconciliation.

“So much has changed in the last two years,” says Simpson, a member of the Mississaugas of Alderville First Nation.

“I’ve always felt that the senior leadership at U of T have been really supportive of the work we do at First Nations House, but with the university’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, there has been a real shift in that they want to enact change.”

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