Associate Vice-President (Indigenous Teaching, Learning and Research) Kahente Horn-Miller has received a significant leadership award for her ongoing work on Indigenous research methodologies, Indigenous governance and consensus-based decision-making.

Prof. Horn-Miller is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Intellectual Advancement Award that was presented in September as part of the fourth annual Celebration of Nations Outstanding Achievement Awards in St. Catharines, Ont.

“This award is very meaningful for me as an indigenous community member. I was chosen by my peers, a recognition I value,” said Horn-Miller. “They hold me up in the work that I do, and therefore they are holding up the students and the young people that are currently in academia. The work that I’m involved in is a communal effort. And this award really epitomizes that.”

Prof. Horn-Miller is an associate professor in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton. She serves as one of three co-chairs of the Carleton University Strategic Indigenous Initiatives Committee, which developed Kinàmàgawin, Carleton’s revitalized Indigenous strategy that includes 41 Carleton-specific calls to action to work towards conciliation with Indigenous Peoples and to make Carleton a more inclusive space. On July 1 2020, she was appointed as Carleton’s inaugural Assistant Vice-President, Indigenous Initiatives, a role that has since been elevated to Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Teaching, Research and Learning.

Prof. Horn-Miller initiated the Indigenous Collaborative Learning Bundles at Carleton and works to substantially increase Indigenous content in classrooms across various disciplines. Dr. Horn-Miller’s research and teaching is centred in the development of Haudenosaunee-specific and pedagogical practices. Her research interests include Indigenous methodologies, Indigenous women, identity politics, colonization, Indigenous governance, and consensus-based decision making.

“On behalf of Carleton University, congratulations to Kahente on receiving this award,” said Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Jerry Tomberlin. Kahente’s work and leadership in fostering Indigenous ways of knowing in teaching, learning and research in the academy and in community continues to have tremendous positive impact in Carleton University’s and Canada’s journey towards conciliation.”

The Celebration of Nations is part of a long-term vision of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Kakekalanicks and the City of St. Catharines and the awards are intended to honour exceptional people whose contributions to Indigenous knowledge, language, art, history and culture are widely recognized, respected and valued.