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President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard at the City of Winnipeg's Indigenous Accord signing ceremony

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President Barnard signs the City of Winnipeg Indigenous Accord on behalf of the University of Manitoba

Yesterday, David Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor joined Mayor Bowman and dozens of partners at the Oodena Celebration Circle at The Forks, where he signed the City of Winnipeg Indigenous Accord on behalf of the University of Manitoba.

Winnipeg Mayor, Brian Bowman’s vision for Winnipeg is one of peace and mutual respect. It was in this spirit that on March 22 of this year, the City of Winnipeg Council unanimously voted to adopt its Indigenous Accord as an act to move towards reconciliation.

“The University of Manitoba is honoured to be a partner to Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord, and join with the Mayor and others in sharing our commitment to reconciliation,” said President Barnard. “As a partner, we are continuing to advance our Indigenous achievement goals, be responsive to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s calls to action, and move forward together with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.”

The Accord is aligned with the U of M’s Indigenous achievement goals as outlined in the university’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020, Taking Our Place, and with the vision that the University of Manitoba’s role in reconciliation and its commitment to Indigenous achievement are central to the kind of future the university seeks to create.

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