The Office of Aboriginal Affairs pursues a number of goals in response to “A Special Obligation“, the report of a 2009 Presidential Task Force on Aboriginal Initiatives, through collaboration with other university offices and personnel.
A President's Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Affairs has been established under the authority of the Office of the President for the purpose of advising the Special Advisor on Aboriginal Affairs on matters relating to academic programming, student support services, public engagement and any other matters as they relate to the mandate of the Office of Aboriginal Affairs. The Committee includes representatives from the Labrador Institute, Grenfell Campus, Marine Institute and the St. John’s campus.
Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo, director of the Labrador Institute in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, which, along with Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, hosted the conference, echoed Grand Chief Qupee’s message. “The key themes that underscored the four days of sharing and scholarship were incorporating reconciliation and relationality in academic pursuits, understanding and respecting multiple perspectives and world views, and the importance of northern-led research.”
The Aboriginal Resource Office hosts open drumming circles every friday at lunchtime throughout the fall and winter semesters. During Aboriginal Peoples Week, Chief Mi'sel Joe visited and provided the drum group with a name: Mawitajik, meaning “they come together.”
St. John’s Campus
We would like to respectful acknowledge the territory in which we gather as the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk, and the island of Newfoundland as the ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq and Beothuk. We would also like to recognize the Inuit of Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut and the Innu of Nitassinan, and their ancestors, as the original people of Labrador. We strive for respectful partnerships with all the peoples of this province as we search for collective healing and true reconciliation and honour this beautiful land together.
Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook
We welcome you all to Grenfell Campus.
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather is in traditional Mi’kmaw territory, and we acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of all the Mi’kmaw, Innu, and Inuit peoples of this province.
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