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.
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.
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