A first for Brock as it creates a new senior position focused on Indigenous engagement

A first for Brock university as it welcomes a new role committed to supporting Indigenous engagement.

The University saying it is taking a major step in its institutional growth and development by announcing that Amos Key, Jr. will become the University’s first-ever Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement.

The newly-created senior position will be dedicated to supporting Brock’s Indigenous education as well as its community engagement and partnership initiatives.

Key, who is currently an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Indigenous Studies, begins his position at Brock on July 1. 

Following a year-long international search, Key was unanimously recommended by the search committee, which included students, faculty and staff from across the University and Indigenous communities. 

Brock President Gervan Fearon said the University is establishing this senior position to advance and lead Brock’s goal to strengthen relationships of trust with Indigenous communities and partners across all sectors and activities of the University.  

“Last year, our Senate and Board of Trustees approved an Institutional Strategic Plan that set a new focus for Brock, based on four key priorities,” said Fearon. “These priorities include fostering a culture of inclusively, accessibility, reconciliation and decolonization at Brock. We are delighted to welcome a new Vice-Provost to advance the realization of this priority.”

Key, a member of the Mohawk Nation, studied sociology (Western University), photographic arts (Ryerson University) and television and communication arts (Mohawk College).

He has been the First Nations Language Director for 25 years at the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, and has also served in a wide variety of positions with organizations in a career characterized by helping develop Indigenous initiatives in education, the arts, communications media and intergovernmental affairs.