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Atelihai - Tunngasugit - Bienvenue 


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.

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.

Labrador Institute International Indigenous Internship

The Application Process for the 2018 internship starting in January 2018, has commenced! Please use this Application form, and follow instructions included for necessary information and file submission.


Kelly Anne Butler
A Q&A with Grenfell Campus's Aboriginal student affairs officer

Kelly Anne Butler is the student affairs officer, Aboriginal affairs, at Grenfell Campus. She also holds the position of adjunct professor with the humanities program and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to her role at Grenfell, she is actively engaged with her own local Mi’kmaw community and works on committees such as the Bay St. George Mi’kmaq Cultural Revival Committee, which plans and executes the Bay St. George Powwow in Flat Bay, N.L., each July.
Here, she chats with Gazette contributor, Melanie Callahan.


Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo
Northern-led leadership in higher education

Research in the North has too often focused on answering the questions that the South has about the North. Increasingly, Northern organizations, governments, researchers, and communities are calling for more leadership when deciding how research and education will be conducted, what research is a priority, and how funding will be controlled and allocated.

 Land Acknowledgement, Memorial University

A land acknowledgement is offered to recognize Aboriginal peoples’ enduring connection to their traditional territories, to recognize the history of the land that is currently shared by many peoples, and to recognize stewardship as a shared commitment of all those who reside in a territory. The practice of territory acknowledgement is itself a replication of an Aboriginal practice that predates European contact. 


St. John’s Campus

I (we) would like to respectfully 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. I (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

I (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.



An Aboriginal Affairs Listserv has been established to share information on Indigenous-related events, activities, courses, etc.

Please send an email to Susan Kennedy, susan.kennedy@mun.ca, if you wish to subscribe to our email list.  



  • Drumming Circle
    31 Mar 2017
    Outside The Landing, third floor of the University Centre