Providing inspirational, transformational, and visionary leadership for the Indigenous academic portfolio at the University of Saskatchewan.


The vice-provost, Indigenous engagement works alongside Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in and outside of the university to achieve the  academic mission of the university, broadly intersecting with such areas as governance, teaching, learning and student experience, and research.

In addition, the vice-provost, Indigenous engagement provides the guidance and leadership necessary to engage students, faculty, and staff so that members of the university, as a whole, see themselves working towards and contributing to Indigenization and Reconciliation initiatives as identified in the university vision, mission and values statements and the emerging University Plan.


The vice-provost, Indigenous engagement reports to the provost and vice-president academic.


Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann is Anishinaabe (Saulteaux), former elementary and high school teacher and principal, now a scholar. While at the University of Calgary, she was Coordinator of the First Nations, Métis, Inuit undergraduate teacher education program, and Director of Indigenous Education Initiatives within the Werklund School of Education (WSE). She also co-chaired the WSE Indigenous Strategy, and alongside the Provost, the university-wide Indigenous Strategy.

As of October 1, 2017, Jacqueline became Professor and Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement at the university of Saskatchewan. Ottmann has been recognized as an international researcher, advocate, and change-maker whose purpose is to transform practices inclusive of Indigenous leadership, methodologies and pedagogies. Jacqueline is driven to create schools and communities that foster a deeper sense of belonging and appreciation for Indigenous peoples - their histories, stories, ways of knowing and being.

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