The Task Force calls upon our University to establish internal funding awards to support McGill researchers and students who undertake Indigenous-led or Indigenous-partnered research that exhibits a full commitment to the First Nations Principles of OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access, Possession) and protocols advanced by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the TRC’s Calls to Action, the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS), and the Research Protocol of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec & Labrador (AFNQL).
- The Indigenous Initiatives unit has funding discussions with partners standing by to resume.
The Task Force calls upon our University to set a target of at least 35 Indigenous tenure-track or tenured professors for appointment by 2032 (approximately 2% representation within 15 years). Strategies for meeting this target must be established both centrally and within Faculties:
Centrally: Initiate a cluster hire led by the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) that seeks, over the next three years, to hire 10 new faculty members in the tenure stream who have lived experience and expertise in Indigenous knowledges, epistemologies, methodologies, histories, traditions, languages, or systems of laws and governance. These positions should not be concentrated in one unit or Faculty; the goal must be to deepen Indigenous expertise across the campus. The Task Force further urges the allocation, within this cluster hire, of three Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) in the areas of Indigenous Sustainability Sciences, Indigenous Health Sciences and Indigenous Humanities.
Within Faculties: Require the articulation of local targets for Indigenous hires in the next five, ten and fifteen years, with Faculties regularly reviewing their progress and reporting to the Provost annually on this issue in the context of yearly reporting on equity in academic recruitment.
While taking up this call to recruit Indigenous tenure stream faculty in the most robust way possible, the University is also urged to explore the potential to recruit Indigenous academic staff to posts outside the tenure stream, such as Professors of Practice or ranked Contract Academic Staff.
- The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is likely to fill their third provostial license by January 2021