UManitoba prof calls for replacement of current president with Indigenous woman

October 3, 2018

CBC reports that Barry Lavallee, a professor at the University of Manitoba, has called on the university to replace current president David Barnard with an Indigenous woman. At a lecture delivered on campus last week, Lavallee told the audience that “[w]e have many Indigenous leaders in our community who are excellent leaders, who can take this university to the levels it's never reached in a 100 years.” In comments to CBC, Lavallee added that Indigenous leaders have the merit and the qualifications to lead, but they are not recognized because of systemic racism. UManitoba spokesperson John Danakas said that the “president strongly supports efforts to increase the number of female and Indigenous senior administrators.” CBC | Winnipeg Free Press