Native & Indigenous Relations Community (NIRC)

Native & Indigenous Relations Community (NIRC)

We are faculty, staff, students, and community members engaged in activities to honor the perspectives and well-being of Native and Indigenous peoples, and promote and advocate for Native and Indigenous studies, community, learning, and knowledge at the university and beyond.

Mission statement

We highlight and amplify Native and Indigenous voices for the advancement of these communities within the university and respectfully co-create and collaborate with Tribal communities beyond the university. Native and Indigenous living, knowledge, and learning is the foundational principle upon which we move forward.

Shared goals

  • Building and enhancing a university culture of respectful, collaborative, and Indigenous- centered knowledge production and research.
  • Ensure that institutional structures and mandates support ethical research in collaboration with Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples.
  • Decolonization of institutional landscapes, spaces, and infrastructure by providing contextualization or redesign.
  • Greater representation and support of Native and Indigenous faculty, staff, and students at UVA and in university leadership roles (e.g., Board of Visitors).
  • Support and share resources with Native and Indigenous students, past, present, and future.
  • Dedicated curricula to highlight Native and Indigenous studies, perspectives, and history.
  • Ensure the university’s development of a Tribal consultation policy and fund a dedicated Tribal Liaison position with resources for outreach in collaboration with Virginia Tribes.
  • Building bridges and allies across silo-ed departments and schools to support a Tribal Liaison and university engagement with Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples.
  • Create a Center with a department, dedicated staff, and foundation, developing initiatives such as in-residence programs for Indigenous-knowledge holders, permanent seminar series, and Tribal outreach.
  • Funding sources to support all these goals becoming a part of the university’s strategic plan.

 

To connect with the Native & Indigenous Relations Community please contact: Lucie Stylianopoulos, lucie@virginia.edu, or Catherine Walden, cew9f@virginia.edu.