The role of Education in Indigenous Reconciliation
Sep 17, 2021 12:15 PM
Dr. Annette Trimbee - President, MacEwan Univ.
The role of Education in Indigenous Reconciliation

We are honoured to welcome our guest speaker, Dr. Annette Trimbee, the President and Vice-Chancellor of MacEwan University, Edmonton Alberta, where she also holds a holds an academic appointment as professor, Department of Biological Sciences at MacEwan.

Previously, Dr. Trimbee served as President and Vice Chancellor at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Dr. Trimbee has a wealth of experience and has held many distinguished leadership positions in the education and university sectors, in industry and in the government. For a taste and appreciation of Dr. Trimbee’s many distinguished accomplishments and also other current positions, see

Influenced by her Métis grandmother, Dr. Trimbee grew up in a family of eight in Transcona, Manitoba. One of her proudest achievements is the development and approval of the Indigenous course requirement for all undergraduate students attending the University of Winnipeg, among the first such programs in Canada.

Today's program has been arranged by the Rotary Club  of Guelph's Indigenous Awareness Committee to mark two significant events both occurring on September 30th:

  • NATIONAL DAY OF TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION, the new federal, statutory holiday announced this year by the Government of Canada to promote education and awareness of the country's Indigenous history, especially regarding the Residential School System, and steps towards reconciliation. (Note that the province of Ontario will not treat this as a general public holiday; instead this day will be treated much the same as Remembrance Day in our province.)