Dr. Linda ManyGuns, PhD, has been named the associate vice-president of indigenization and decolonization at Mount Royal. She will start May 1 in the new position.
ManyGuns will be the senior Indigenous leader at the university providing the vision, strategy, leadership and direction to advance indigenization and decolonization commitments.
“I am delighted to welcome Dr. ManyGuns to Mount Royal and am excited about the passion and capacity she will bring to this exciting new role,” said Dr. Mike Quinn, PhD, vice-provost, associate vice-president, academic at MRU.
ManyGuns is a Blackfoot woman, born on the Tsuut'ina Nation and registered at Siksika. She is an Elder for the Buffalo Women’s Society and part of the Beaver Bundle Society.
Traditional knowledge informs her respect for all life and all thoughts, reads a press statement from MRU.
ManyGuns has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University, a Master's from Carleton University, a law degree from University of Ottawa and a doctorate from Trent University.
For 11 years, ManyGuns was a professor in the University of Lethbridge's Department of Indigenous Studies. While serving as chair, she updated the 45-year-old curriculum.
Previously, as a waitress, high steel construction worker and chef, ManyGuns experienced discrimination and lateral violence but refuses to let it define her.
“Transformation should be gentle, and any process should reflect and integrate all thoughts in a consensus model,” ManyGuns said.