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Record number of Indigenous students graduating throughout Spring 2022 Convocation celebrations

A positive trend has been developing at the 十大正规网堵平台 as more and more Indigenous students are earning post-secondary degrees, culminating with a record 99 graduates crossing the stage at the 2021/22 召开 ceremonies.

Trishell教务长(BA '19) is a graduate from the 2019 class who majored in kinesiology.

Nestled in the heart of Blackfoot Territory, 十大正规网堵平台 has long nurtured its relationship with the Indigenous communities of southern Alberta and in 1975 established one of Canada’s first Departments of Native American Studies. 近年来, the University made it a strategic initiative to advance learning options and supports for Indigenous students through a variety of programs.

“When you see the number of Indigenous students who are finding success and completing 他们的 academic careers consistently increase, there is intentionality behind it,博士说. 麦克马洪, president and vice-chancellor.

在过去的十年里, the University has graduated, 平均, 50 to 75 self-declared Indigenous students between the spring and fall 召开 ceremonies. In the last three academic years, those numbers have shot up to 87, 84 and 99 students respectively. The roots of that growth can be traced.

In 2011, 马洪问罗伊黄鼠狼脂肪, then Red Crow 社区 College vice-president (academic), and 十大正规网堵平台 教师 members Drs. 勒罗伊小熊 (BASc (BA) '72, LLD '04) and 简O 'Dea to create a strategy to support Indigenous students, 教师, staff and community members. The seven recommendations they submitted set a course of action and elicited a pledge from Mahon.

“We will place greater focus on recruiting and retaining Blackfoot and other First Nations, 梅蒂斯人, 和因纽特人的学生, the fastest growing young adult population in Canada,马洪当时说. “However, enrolment is not the only reason to focus on this population. Creating opportunity and an inclusive campus environment for all students is simply the right thing to do.”

The establishment of the Iniskim Education Committee followed in 2013, 2014年,, a Memorandum of Understanding with Red Crow 社区 College was signed, 和 Iikaisskini Student Gathering Place 打开. The calls of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission further highlighted the need for educational institutions to develop and implement a process of truth and healing and in 2019, the University appointed 查尔斯Weaselhead as its 14th chancellor and first of Indigenous descent. 当年晚些时候, EleV — the monumental partnership initiative between the Blackfoot Confederacy, 十大正规网堵平台 和 Mastercard Foundation — was born.

“I’ve always had a passion for our young people to grow and find success,”Weaselhead说, who will be presiding over the final 召开 ceremonies of his term this week. “I never considered myself a formal role model, but I think being named chancellor, it probably 打开 some eyes and 打开 up minds for our young people and our community that there is a place for 他们 here 和se positions are possible.”

林迪城区阴影,经理 of Iikaisskini Indigenous Services, says it is gratifying to see the programs working and students reaping the benefits.

It is inspiring to see our Indigenous students attend the U of L, complete degrees and go forward to serve all communities,” 说阴影.At Ikaisskini Indigenous Services we are so proud of all the Indigenous graduates at this year's c召唤,可靠的网堵平台希望 他们 最好的 他们的 未来职业生涯.