Timothy (Tim) Michel

Director, Indigenous Relations

Tim Michel is Secwepemc from Csteln who has migrated to the Coast Salish lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) Nations.

Tim has worked in Indigenous student services and Indigenous communities and organizations. At SFU, he has worked as a lecturer in the Faculty of Education, a community research coordinator in Health Sciences, and as the Indigenous Coordinator in Work Integrated learning. He brings his broad experiences into his social equity, reconciliation, decolonizing, diversity and inclusion work with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

As Director of Indigenous Relations, he will help the faculty engage with Indigenous faculty, staff, students, and communities to support, recruit and grow Indigenous faculty and support Indigenous alums and existing and future students. He will work with Indigenous and other campus service units to improve the outreach and engagement with Indigenous students, staff, faculty and communities. His initial priorities are to help with the Indigenous Language Program, gather and report on Indigenous profile and demographic information, support the Indigenous Undergraduate Preparation Pathway program and conduct an Indigenous student needs assessment. He will also serve and support the Indigenous Reconciliation Working Group. He is interested in developing pragmatic Indigenous reconciliation strategies and initiatives that improve Indigenous students' lives and improve relationships with Indigenous urban and First Nations communities.