Fleming College creates new role of Indigenous Knowledge Leader to prioritize Indigenous initiatives

Peterborough ON – (December 7, 2021) – Fleming College is continuing to broaden and deepen its commitments to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action. As a postsecondary institution, Fleming understands and embraces the value of embedding Indigenous knowledge into the curriculum, student supports and communities.

To further this goal and put plans into action, Fleming College is pleased to announce the appointment of Liz Stone to the newly created role of Fleming’s Indigenous Knowledge Leader. In her new role, Liz will be a member of Fleming’s Senior Management Team and report directly to President Maureen Adamson.

“As leaders, we will embrace this work and elevate it so that everyone has a clear and unobstructed view of its importance. Fleming is a welcoming place for all, and we are deeply committed to Indigenous communities and sharing knowledge of Indigenous issues. I have no doubt that with the guidance of Liz Stone, we will continue to succeed in building awareness and executing innovative solutions as we go forward along the path toward reconciliation,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson.

“When unveiling the final report of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission in 2015, Justice Murray Sinclair acknowledged the range of people represented in the room as a sign of broad support for the work ahead. I am honoured and humbled to accept the newly created position of Indigenous Knowledge Leader and further, acknowledge the work ahead. This appointment and Fleming’s commitment and actions supporting Indigenous Knowledge and Reconciliation represent the collective work of Indigenous Community, Fleming staff, faculty, and administration. I look forward to continuing this important work with respect, humility and Debwewin,” said Liz Stone.

Liz has been the inaugural Chair of Indigenous Perspectives at Fleming since 2019. Liz first joined Fleming in 2014 as Chair of the Aboriginal Education Council, then taught as faculty in Indigenous Perspectives, and then as a Professor of Indigenous Studies at Sutherland Campus in 2019. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle. Liz has held other critical roles such as Chair of the Board of Directors of the VON 360 Degree Clinic, member of the Indigenous Women’s Council Women & Gender Equality Canada and Co-Chair – United Nations Sustainable Development Goals SDG#4 Quality Education for the Peterborough region.

Liz is an active member in the region for many initiatives, not the least of which is the establishment of E Naaknind Anishnaabeg, the Indigenous Peoples Court Peterborough, and she has played a lead role in keeping Indigenous families safe and protected through this pandemic through her collaborative work with the Urban Indigenous COVID-19 Committee.

Some of Fleming’s recent achievements in working towards Truth and Reconciliation include: the inclusion of Indigenous Perspectives Designation in over 30 programs across many disciplines, the public commitment to Indigenous education embedded in the College’s policy Honouring the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Indigenous Education Protocol. In addition, CICan selected Fleming as the silver recipient of the Indigenous Education Excellence Award this year.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

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