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Appointment reflects commitment to decolonize

Peter Morin, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art, is taking on a special assignment as Advisor to the Provost, Indigenous Knowledge, Practices and Production for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

“This appointment is part of our commitment to decolonize, the first principle identified in our Academic Plan 2017-2022: Transforming Student Experience,” said Dr. Caroline Langill, Vice-President, Academic and Provost, OCAD University. 

The assignment is the first phase in the development of a Vice-Provost, Indigenous Initiatives role, a position recommended by the Provost's Taskforce on Indigenous Learning.

“We believe that Indigenous knowledges and cultures are of fundamental importance to the future of Canada, both to Indigenous individuals and communities, and to Canadian society,” noted Langill.

In his new role, along with his current faculty position in the Faculty of Art, Morin will advise the Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost on matters concerning Indigenous initiatives, student and faculty support, as well as curriculum and pedagogy. 

He will also develop and implement programming that supports faculty engagement with Indigenous knowledge systems, ceremony and histories and provide advice on curricular and non-curricular affairs in relation to Indigenous students.

About Professor Morin

Professor Morin is a Tahitian Nation artist, curator, and writer. In his artistic and curatorial work, his practice-based research investigates the impact zones that occur when Indigenous cultural-based practices and western settler colonialism collide. This work is shaped by Tahitian Nation epistemological production and often takes on the form of performance interventions.