Kwé — Pjila’si — Welcome
Mount Allison’s Indigenous Support Services seeks to:
- Access and support indigenous students
- Indigenize the curriculum
- Engage non-indigenous students and community members, helping them understand the history and culture of First Nations students
2017-18 – The Year of Indigenous Action at Mount Allison
Building on the 2016-17 Year of Indigenous Knowing, Mount Allison identified 2017-18 as our Year of Indigenous Action.
Indigenous affairs co-ordinator
Doreen Richard, the University’s first indigenous affairs co-ordinator, works with all students, faculty, staff, and volunteers towards the indigenization of our campus. Doreen is a Mount Allison graduate. She is Mi’kmaq and is originally from Nova Scotia.
Contact Doreen: (506) 364-2127, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Affairs, second floor Wallace McCain Student Centre
In September 2016, Mount Allison opened Mawita’mkw, a designated Indigenous gathering space on campus for Indigenous students and community members.
Mawita’mkw will also be home to the University’s first elder-in-residence, Elder Gilbert Sewell from Pabineau First Nation in New Brunswick. He will be available to meet with students, faculty, and community members.
Acknowledging aboriginal custodianship
The following acknowledgement is made at all community and public events on campus:
Before we begin the proceedings, I would like to acknowledge, honour, and pay respect to the traditional owners and custodians (from all four directions), of the land on which we gather. It is upon the unceded ancestral lands of the Mi’kmaq Nation and our brothers and sisters, the Wolastoquyik (wool-USS-da-guh-way) (Maliseet) peoples, that Mount Allison University is built.
As we share our own knowledge, teaching, learning, and research practices within this University, may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Indigenous custodianship of this country. Welilioq (wa-LA-lee-og)
Indigenous Support Group
The Indigenous Support Group is a student group of indigenous students and allies dedicated to the discussions and concerns towards indigenous issues. The group meets regularly during the year. Follow them on Twitter: IndigenousSupportMTA
Indigenous Mentorship Program
The Indigenous Mentorship Program pairs upper-year indigenous students or allies from the Indigenous Support Group with first-year students to aid in the transition from high school to university.
Students act as mentors, welcoming new students into the Mount Allison community and making sure they know how to access available resources on campus and get the support they need.
- Indigenizing the academy — What some universities are doing to weave indigenous peoples, cultures and knowledge into the fabric of their campuses (University Affairs article, April 2016)
- Universities Canada principles on indigenous education