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Indigenous Engagement Librarian

University of Winnipeg

The University of Winnipeg Library invites applications for the position of Indigenous Engagement Librarian. This is a continuing-track appointment expected to commence on April 1st, 2021. This position will be appointed as a Librarian Member of the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association.

This position is designated for self- identified Indigenous persons only. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.

Located in the heart of Treaty 1 Territory and the traditional homelands of the Metis Nation, the University of Winnipeg is a diverse, multicultural urban campus committed to academic excellence, community engagement, social and environmental sustainability. With a faculty and staff of approximately 1,000 and more than 14,000 learners, The University of Winnipeg combines a strong tradition of outstanding scholarship in teaching, research, and creative work with a unique sense of engagement with its community partners.

The Library strives to strengthen its services and relationships with Indigenous students and stakeholders on campus in an ongoing way. Currently, the University Library is undergoing a major facility renewal project led by Brook McIlroy’s Indigenous Design Studio, which will create space for more meaningful supports for Indigenous research, learning and engagement, including UWinnipeg’s Indigenous Course Requirement (ICR). This new position is intended to deepen, enrich and expand these commitments while also strengthening accountability to the Indigenous community.

Position Description:
Reporting to the Dean of the Library, the Indigenous Engagement Librarian provides sustained and strategic leadership in ensuring that the Library’s collections and services represent, respect, and integrate various forms of Indigenous knowledge. Working within an ecosystem of shared stewardship and relationship-building, the Indigenous Engagement Librarian will be a leader among peers in the Library in developing and promoting collaborative Indigenous-focused tools, programming, instruction, collections and services. The incumbent will liaise with academic departments and services in supporting student success by participating in collection development, reference assistance, information literacy instruction and staff supervision, as well as contributing to overall Library planning, such as serving on the Librarians’ Committee and other subcommittees, task forces, and working groups.

Main responsibilities:

Consults and collaborates with campus stakeholders on the integration of Indigenous knowledge systems into Library discovery tools, collections, services, instruction and spaces in support of teaching and research;
May act as subject liaison for a variety subjects, including Indigenous-focused academic programs, or will provide guidance to other librarians doing this work; Liaises with the Aboriginal Student Services Centre (ASSC) in their efforts to support Indigenous students;
Contributes to planning processes related to the Library renewal and redevelopment project;
Develops projects and programming related to Indigenous peoples, languages and cultures, including speakers' series, visiting scholars, and workshops;
Provides advice and guidance to Librarian colleagues regarding Indigenous knowledge content in their respective areas;
Advises on issues of ownership, custody, description and access respecting Indigenous materials contained in the Library and the University’s cultural collections; Contributes to institutional decision-making by participating in University committees and working groups, in particular the Indigenous Course Requirement (ICR) Committee; and
Researches and contributes to knowledge regarding national and international trends in Indigenous librarianship.

A Master’s degree in library, archival and/or information studies from an ALA- accredited or equivalent institution, or progress towards such a degree;

Experience working in a public or academic library or archive, or a research-oriented institution;
Knowledge of Indigenous research methodologies; and
Experience working with Indigenous communities and stakeholders

Familiarity with an Indigenous language;
Experience working within an Indigenous organization and with Elders, knowledge keepers, and/or cultural advisors;
Experience supervising staff.

To Apply:
Applicants should submit their cover letter, curriculum vitae and names of three references online by applying at

Please send any enquiries about the position to Paula Hossack at for more information.

Deadline for applications: Posting to remain open until position is filled.

The University of Winnipeg is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research environments, and is essential to academic and institutional excellence. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage women, racialized persons, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons to confidentially self-identify at time of application.
*This position is designed for Indigenous persons only. Please confidentially self-identify at the time of application. *

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact Sheena Laurin, HR Assistant at or 204-988-7648.