Meet the Office of Indigenous Affairs
Academic Delegate for Indigenous Engagement and Director of the Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies
Appointed chair of Métis research at the University of Ottawa, Brenda Macdougall has worked extensively documenting Métis, as well as First Nations, history. Her most recent project is to document the Plains Métis buffalo hunting brigades and older fur trade communities in northern Ontario. She came to the University of Ottawa ten years ago from the University of Saskatchewan, where she was a professor of native studies. Because of her training and experience, she is deeply committed to engaging with Indigenous communities, organizations and policy makers and regularly works with the Métis nations of Saskatchewan and Ontario and the Métis National Council, and has made presentations to this group as well as to the Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, federal and provincial deputy ministers of Indigenous affairs, the Department of Natural Resources Canada and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Indigenous Community Engagement Officer
Darren Sutherland is Cree, a member of Fort Albany First Nation, who has spent the better part of his life living in the Ottawa area. He developed a passion for language and history at a young age that led him to study linguistics at the University of Ottawa. Darren now works at his alma mater as the Indigenous community engagement officer. His position allows him to regularly liaise with the community to help inform the direction of services and supports available to Indigenous learners on campus. Darren is the University of Ottawa representative for the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program, a collective dedicated to promoting postsecondary education to Indigenous learners across Ontario and Quebec. As a member of the Indigenous Affairs team, he also assists with Indigenization and cultural awareness efforts at the University.