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Dr. Vianne Timmons

Education (2019)

Mi’kmaq, NS

Dr. Vianne Timmons is the first woman president and vice chancellor at the University of Regina where she has been working to make education more relevant, accessible, and supportive for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. In her role, she maintains a national and international leadership role in Indigenous education has been advocating for the Indigenization of the university, including making large-scale changes like the implementation of an Aboriginal Student Centre and Indigenous Advisory Circle. She was named One of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN 4 years in a row and was inducted into their hall of fame. Dr. Timmons and the University of Regina also played a key role in the recovery of First Nations University after a financial crisis in 2010. Dr. Timmons has also made it clear that the University of Regina is a safe space for students, and in 2017, came forward with her own personal experience of sexual violence in the hopes that she would empower students to continue to do the same.