UCN acknowledges that we are on the traditional territories and homelands of many Indigenous peoples, who have existed here since time immemorial. The First Nations in the area that UCN serves entered into treaty relationships with the Crown and the territory has also become home to other Indigenous peoples. We uphold the treaties and collaborate with all Indigenous  peoples to share truth, reconciliation and learning.
For a more comprehensive statement go to UCN Traditional Territorial Acknowledgement.




As part of the Centre for Learning, Education, and Research (CLEaR), Academic Development is committed to strengthening teaching and supporting research across all UCN programs. The Academic Development Team is UCN’s resource for course and program development and review. Additionally, Academic Development provides leadership and guidance to ensure that Indigenous knowledges and practices are embedded in curriculum, teaching practices, and research.


The work of Academic Development supports:

•          Curriculum development 

•          Indigegogy 

•          Online and classroom teaching




4 Seasons of Reconciliation
A Shared Learning Opportunity for all UCN Staff & Faculty
4 Seasons of Reconciliation is a unique self-directed 3-hour online course that promotes a renewed relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians through transformative learning about truth and reconciliation.
This workplace course provides the basic foundation on the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). This course assists the education sector in meeting the 94-Calls to Action from the TRC with their own employees and sub-contractors.
In collaboration with the First Nations University of Canada, 4 Seasons of Reconciliation provides a comprehensive online learning course with captivating multi-media components, including award-winning reconciliation documentaries. Each short module can be completed at the learner’s pace and provides a mix of learning tools such as slideshows, videos, films, and quizzes. A certificate of completion and a bonus video library for ongoing learning is provided at the end of the course.
All UCN staff have access to the course in UCNLearn, accessible using their usual UCN login information.
Course completion information will be updated automatically toward a Certificate of Completion from First Nations University of Canada via Learner Group Reports.


Spotlight on Research

Tuesday, January 31   12:05 – 12:55

featuring Dr. Greg Stott

Presentation title:  Reading the Glen Oak Mail: A Collection of Nineteenth-Century Letters to Canada

Dr. Stott is embarking on a project involving a diverse collection of nineteenth -century letters that came into his possession. The letters were sent to two settler families in the Canada West or Ontario hamlet of Glen Oak, namely the Ulster-Irish Peirce family and the Scottish Hutcheson family, from Ireland, Scotland, the United States, parts of British North America, and New Zealand. The letters highlight the persistence of family connections, the exchange of family news, health issues, the passage of time, births, marriages, and deaths, as well as the occasional discussion of political and economic realities from the national and international levels. Dr. Stott’s presentation will focus on the scope of the collection and his intended research outcomes.


Meeting ID: 943 5323 0170               Passcode: Research23

he Spotlight on Research series is a venue for UCN researchers to share their completed and on-going research. The series provides an opportunity for the UCN community to learn about and to honour the research undertaken by our colleagues. If you are willing to share your research, please contact Ishwer Dherdi (idherdi@ucn.ca).


Accessible Educational Content Training
Mark your calendar and plan to attend one, two, or all three of these accessibility in educational content training session!
The Accessibility Standard for Information and Communications (of the Manitoba Accessibilities Act) addresses barriers to accessing and providing information. This includes information provided in print, in person, on websites, or in other formats. UCN must comply with this standard by May 1, 2024.
Lisa Snider, Senior Digital Accessibility Consultant and Trainer, from Access Changes Everything Inc , will facilitate three sessions designed to ensure that materials and information shared by UCN staff and faculty comply with the new standard.
Tuesday     January 24     9:00 – 12:00
Accessible Educational Content: Making Digital Materials More Accessible
The half-day course will focus on how to make digital materials more accessible. The session will provide practical tips on how to make documents themselves more accessible, with topics such as images, headings, and options for different formats and accommodations. This session will include useful tips and resources that can be used right away after the session.
The 4 Seasons of Reconciliation course is available to all staff and faculty in UCNLearn. The course is takes approximately three hours to complete and is comprised of ten modules related to truth and reconciliation.

Ann Barbour-Stevenson

Manager, Academic Development


Ethel Nyabeze

Quality Assurance Coordinator


Valdine Alycia

Indigenous Projects Officer/Indigenous Curriculum Specialist


Melanie Belmore

Indigenous Projects Manager/Community-based Indigenous Curriculum Specialist


Janet Sainsbury

Educational Developer


Naithan Lagace

Indigenous Curriculum Specialist