We raise our hands to NEȾOLṈEW̱ co-lead Onowa McIvor!

Her vital contributions to the field of research on Indigenous languages have earned her the prestigious President’s Chair, the highest academic honour the University of Victoria can bestow on a faculty member ( replacing Distinguished Professorships at UVic).

Onowa is the second person to receive the award, which was created to recognize faculty who have achieved great distinction in research and research-inspired teaching; made substantial contributions to UVic and the wider community; and champion the pursuit of excellence in research, teaching and community-university engagement.

“UVic has a longstanding commitment to working with communities on Indigenous language revitalization, and the impact of revitalized language in communities is profound. Onowa McIvor’s work is inspiring and uplifting, and we are so fortunate to have a researcher and teacher of her calibre at UVic.”
Jamie Cassels, UVic President