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Aboriginal programs celebrate first graduates

Posted by tmayer on Oct 23rd, 2012 and filed under Gallery, Top stories. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Ojisda Aimy Anderson enjoys the moment as she is hooded by Renee Bedard during convocation on Oct. 13.

Ojisda Aimy Anderson enjoys the moment as she is hooded by Renee Bedard during convocation on Oct. 13.

Ojisda Aimy Anderson stood out in the sea of students donning graduation gowns and hoods at fall convocation on Oct. 13.

Anderson was one of nine students donning traditional regalia instead. She was part of the first group of graduates from two programs offered by the Faculty of Education’s Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education.

“At Brock University, we acknowledge that we share this land with Aboriginal peoples,” University President Jack Lightstone said.

Philip Davis offered an honour song and elder Walter Cooke did an invocation to start the milestone ceremony.

Elder Walter Cooke performs an invocation at convocation on Oct. 13.

Elder Walter Cooke performs an invocation at convocation on Oct. 13.

Four of the nine graduates were from the Gidayaamin Aboriginal Women’s Certificate program.

“It has been an honour to watch these four women become more confident in themselves and their abilities as students,” said a proud Jennifer Brant, program co-ordinator. “They worked incredibly hard despite significant challenges along the way and we are very proud of this resilient group of young women.

“We look forward to hearing about their continued success as they transition into new roles within both the University and Aboriginal community.”

The other graduates received their bachelor’s degrees in Aboriginal education. It’s a five-year program designed to serve the educational needs of Nishnawbe-Aski people in the Sioux Lookout district of northwestern Ontario.

“The ‘two-worlds’ partnership between Northern Nishnawbe Education Council and the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research culminates in Brock University’s graduation of culturally proficient Bachelor of Education degree holders,” said Barry McLoughlin, director of Lifelong Learning with the Northern Nishnawbe Edcuation Council. “Graduates, families and community leaders celebrate the individual student accomplishments and collective cultural strengthening of Ojibway, Oji-Cree and Cree schools across the northwestern Ontario region of Nishnawbe Aski Nation.”

1 Response for “Aboriginal programs celebrate first graduates”

  1. neah says:

    hi
    im featured in this article as the first graduate. i would like it if you could e mail me the article in its entirity. i am very proud to be mentiooned for my achievments in the brock news

    neah

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