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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.

An Aboriginal Advisory Committee 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.  

From left: Donna Ball, Sonja Knutson, Paul Banahene Adjei, Kelly Anne Butler, Lynn Kendall, Scott Neilsen, Gerald Anderson, Carolyn Sturge Sparkes and Catharyn Andersen.
Missing from photo: Sheila Freake, Sylvia Moore


Partnership promotion

May 19, 2016

A $7.4 million-research partnership led by Dr. Tom Gordon, professor emeritus, School of Music, has launched a new website focused on Labrador Inuit cultural research. The Tradition and Transition Partnership site includes photos, articles and announcements regarding the project, which is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Memorial University, the Nunatsiavut Government and more than 20 other organizations.

            From left, Bryanna Brown, Vicky Allen and Catharyn Andersen


'Mobilizing knowledge'
Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies Certificate reflects national movement

April 1, 2016

With guidance from members of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Scott Neilsen has been working on transforming the current Aboriginal Studies minor program into a university certificate. A new anchor course called Critical Reading and Writing in Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies will be available this fall.

A place for all
Memorial plans for Aboriginal House on St. John's campus

March 31, 2016

Over the last three years, Memorial has been investigating what a space devoted to Aboriginal programming and culture could accomplish and what it would look like. The concept design, by Fougere Menchenton Architecture, was recently approved. The next step is to develop a detailed request for proposals. Memorial plans to seek private sector funding for the building; once these commitments have been secured, the project can get underway.




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

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