Memorial University is pursuing a number of goals in response to “A Special Obligation,” the report of a 2009 Presidential Task Force on Aboriginal Initiatives. The Office the Special Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs coordinates this work in collaboration with other University offices and personnel.
June 18, 2015: EDUCATION IDENTIFIED AS KEY TO RECONCILIATION
Faculty, staff and students gathered in the University Centre on Memorial’s St. John’s campus on June 19 to mark National Aboriginal Day, a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Participants enjoyed a brunch of moose sausage and toutons, and had the opportunity to make traditional sealskin crafts. Later in the day, there was an overview and offering of the smudge, a symbolic ritual involving the burning of traditional medicines to rid the body of negative energy, cleansing the mind, body and spirit. The day’s events concluded with a moving talk by Nora Ford, a residential school survivor from Labrador, and a screening of the film We Were Children, which depicts the history of the residential school system in Canada.
ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS LISTSERV
An Aboriginal Affairs Listserv has been established to share information on Indigenous-related events, activities, courses, etc. involving Memorial University of Newfoundland.
To join the Aboriginal Affairs Listserv or add items to the Listserv, please send an email to Susan Kennedy, email@example.com stating your full name and email address with the subject heading Aboriginal-Affairs Listserv.