Indigenous Formal Curriculum Grant 2022

Western’s Office of the Provost, in collaboration with the Office Indigenous Initiatives and Centre for Teaching and Learning, continue to build upon the strategic commitments articulated in Western’s Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP), and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action (CTA). 

All Western Faculties are invited to apply to the Indigenous Formal Curriculum Grant (IFCG) to support two-year curriculum change projects at the program level. The purpose of the Indigenous Formal Curriculum Grant is to advance the implementation of the Indigenous Strategic Plan, specifically the goals of ‘Excelling in Indigenous teaching, curriculum and learning’, and ‘Strengthening Indigenous community partnerships and connections,’ as well as implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

In keeping with these strategic priorities, Western’s Provost Office invites proposals for one time, two year grants up to a maximum of $40,000 ($20,000 per year) to support the advancement of innovation in Indigenous formal curriculum change at Western's main campus. Successful grant recipients will be required to submit a final report detailing outcomes and spending against budget with two years of receipt.  Successful grants will also be required to participate in knowledge transfer initiatives with the goal of sharing best practices.

The Curriculum Grant recognizes the chronic gap in Indigenous and decolonial pedagogical approaches across many disciplines and fields of study, and offers opportunity for academic teams to review programs, courses, and offerings to create new curriculum and/or embed Indigenous perspectives into existing curriculum.


Proposals must be submitted using the application format guidelines below. Applications must be submitted via email by the deadline May 30, 2022 to adding “Indigenous Curriculum Grant” to the email subject line.

Potential applicants are encouraged to review the resources provided in the final section of this document, and to attend an information session to learn more about the application process and criteria.

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives’ Indigenous Curriculum and Pedagogy Advisor and the Centre for Teaching and Learning’s Educational Developers are available to assist applicants with questions; however we respectfully ask that you contact the Offices as early as possible in the application process when accessing supports. All proposals will be adjudicated by a Committee Chaired by myself. Members of the Selection Committee will include Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, including the VP (Academic) or designate, and Indigenous teaching fellow.