Chair On Truth And Reconciliation


The Chair on Truth and Reconciliation was appointed in 2016 to advocate for Truth and Reconciliation initiatives within the Lakehead University community, while serving as an ambassador for Truth and Reconciliation issues in Northwestern Ontario and Simcoe County, and at provincial and national levels. 

The Chair on Truth and Reconciliation highlights and furthers Lakehead University's Strategic and Academic Plans to ensure Lakehead responds appropriately and effectively to the 94 Calls to Action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report.  

This office will support, and lead as required, Lakehead University's focus on Aboriginal/Indigenous priorities and advise the President and other Executive Team members on provincial and national issues regarding Indigenous peoples.

Chair on Truth and Reconciliation

Headshot of Cynthia Wesley-EsquimauxDr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux served as Vice Provost for Indigenous Initiatives at Lakehead University for three years. Effective September2016 she was appointed as the 1st Indigenous Chair for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada for Lakehead University and she continues to develop pathways forward to reconciliation across Canada. Cynthia is responsible for the development and implementation of the President’s Council for the Truth and Reconciliation and the eight modules that have been designed to engage the staff, faculty and administration of the Lakehead community.

Cynthia was the inaugural Nexen Chair for Indigenous Leadership at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and remains a faculty member in the Indigenous Learning program. She is a board member for the Teach for Canada non-profit which addresses the needs of Indigenous schools in Northern Ontario. Cynthia was inducted as a “Honourary Witness” by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in 2014, and is the Chair of the Governing Circle for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.


She is a member and resident of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation in Ontario and has dedicated her life to building bridges of understanding between peoples. She sees endless merit in bringing people from diverse cultures, ages, and backgrounds together to engage in practical dialogue and applied research initiatives. She is deeply committed to public education and active youth engagement from all cultures and backgrounds. 

Cynthia co-founded a youth project out of the University of Toronto, the University of Saskatchewan and Lakehead University. Information on the Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) can be found at:

Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux
Chair on Truth & Reconciliation

Office of the President
705-330-4010 Ext. 2024

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Call to Action 57 and the Indigenous Learning Roundtable Report

The CTR has remained active over the 2020 pandemic year, and there continues to be positive movement forward on reconciliation across Canada.

Chair on Truth and Reconciliation Reports

CTR Report 2020
CTR Report 2018-19
CTR Report 2017