Kwé — Pjila’si — Welcome
Mount Allison recognizes that we at Mount Allison are living, working, and playing on unceded lands and continue to take important steps to improve support and services for Indigenous students.
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
Indigenous Affairs Co-ordinator
The Indigenous affairs co-ordinator, Patty Musgrave, works with staff, faculty, students, and volunteers across the University to develop pre-university enrichment programming, as well as services that will encourage Indigenous students to pursue academic excellence. The co-ordinator is also responsible for developing programming aimed at helping faculty, staff, and non-Indigenous students at Mount Allison to more fully understand and appreciate the rich and vibrant histories and cultures of Canada's native peoples.
Contact Patty: (506) 364-2127, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Affairs, second floor Wallace McCain Student Centre, Room 291
Mawita'mkw (Indigenous Gathering Space)
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’kmaw people, that Mount Allison University is built. While this area is known as Sackville, NB the territory is part of the greater territory of Mi'kma'ki.
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 Student Support Group (ISSG)
Founded in 2012, ISSG welcomes, supports, mentors, and educates Indigenous students and non-Indigenous friends in a positive and social environment on campus. The group shares their culture on campus through events such as powwows, vigils, and visiting speakers and selects a member to represent Indigenous students on the Students' Union and University Senate.
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.
Other initiatives and events on campus have included:
- Permanent installation of the Mi'kmaq flag
- Annual University Powwows
- Sacred Sweat Lodge, constructed under the direction of Mi'kmaq elders
- Mount Allison Indigenous Advisory Circle
- Smudging ceremonies in residence
- Indigenous land acknowledgement read at the beginning of key University events
- Indigenous Gardens
- Treaty Day recognized on campus
- Indigenous Resource Guide (resources for faculty)
- Blanket Exercise offered to the community
- Aboriginal storytelling carpet, located at the University Library
- Indigenous studies courses
- National Orange Shirt Day with proceeds from the shirts going to the Indigenous Student Support Group
- Sisters in Spirit vigil and community gathering for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
- Indigenous Day of Learning and Language
- 2017-18 - The Year of Indigenous Action at Mount Allison
- 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