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.


Centre for Learning, Education, and Research (CLEaR) Professional Development Schedule Term 20
CLEaR is offering the following slate of professional development session to support teaching and learning at UCN. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend the sessions. Registration is not required. Sessions will be offered through Zoom and will use the same link and password. https://ucn-ca.zoom.us/j/95423237892?pwd=Q2wzUnFLRjRYRk9NakF2ZUozaGtxUT09
Meeting ID: 954 2323 7892
Password: UCN2022
Thursday, December 8
12:00 – 12:50
Student Feedback on Learning Experience and Qualtrics
This session will provide an overview of how UCN administers the collection of feedback from students on their learning experience. An introduction to Qualtrics, the new survey system that UCN is using and an overview of the Qualtrics Dashboard tool (which is used faculty reports) will be provided.
Facilitator: Ethel Nyabeze, Quality Assurance Coordinator; Ashely Blackman, Director of Institutional Analysis & Planning; Harvey Briggs, Associate Vice-President RRAI; and Ann Barbour-Stevenson, Manager of Academic Development
Other CLEaR supported activities:
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.
Details on how to register for the session will be provided in the near future.
Wednesday     January 18     1:00 – 4:00
Accessible Communication in Education
The half-day Communications session will cover print, in person and digital communications tips that can be used right away after the session for course content creation, but also for in class communications. These tips will be targeted to academic course creation and educational materials, but also for the different forms of communications that relate to a class and teaching environment.
Thursday     January 19     9:00 – 12:00
Accessible Educational Content: Making Text More Accessible
The half-day course will focus on how to use plain language or accessible text in course creation and educational materials. This session will also show demonstrations of resources and tools that are low-cost or free. This session will include useful tips and resources that can be used right away after the session.
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