Tag: Indigenous


The presentation of a sacred Eagle Staff, or migizii mitik, to Brandon University will help the university include a new Indigenous element in important ceremonial occasions and celebrations.

William Mousseau, an Anishanaabek artisan from Ebb and Flow First Nation, created the Eagle Staff out of natural elements with spiritual significance and symbolic value to the university as well as to Indigenous communities in the region.

Monday, February 20, 2023
12 noon – 4 p.m.
Knowles–Douglas Students’ Union Centre

The Grand Valley Local-Manitoba Métis Federation and Brandon University (BU) are proud to host a fun family celebration for Louis Riel Day.
The afternoon celebration will include free hot dogs, bannock, and coffee or tea, along with kids’ activities.

A talk by residential school survivor Tony Stevenson will be one of the events recognizing Truth and Reconciliation Week at Brandon University (BU).
Truth and Reconciliation Week at BU takes place from September 26 — 30, 2022, providing a time to reflect on the harm done by Canada’s residential school system.

BRANDON – Archaeologists from Brandon University (BU) and the Manitoba Archaeological Society (MAS) are continuing their multi-year investigation of how Indigenous people lived in southwestern Manitoba before the arrival of Europeans.
The research project involves archaeological sites in the Pierson Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Treaty 2 lands, which are the traditional homelands of the Dakota, Anishanabek, Ojibway-Cree, Cree, Dene and Métis peoples.

Leading up to this week’s Brandon University Convocation ceremonies, BU’s Indigenous graduates were part of a community-wide celebration of student success.
Brandon University partnered with Assiniboine Community College, the Brandon School Division and Sioux Valley High School to present Our Journey, an Indigenous student graduation celebration.

Common themes in their work, and experiences shared by their communities, helped bring Brandon University (BU) School of Music professor Melody McKiver together with filmmaker Sean Stiller for a new project.
McKiver’s latest album is the official motion picture soundtrack for Stiller’s lauded documentary Returning Home, which intertwines the stories of the Pacific wild salmon and the effects of Canada’s residential school system.

Several Brandon University (BU) alumnae and employees were in the spotlight last week as the YWCA Brandon celebrated the accomplishments of area women at the annual Women of Distinction Gala.
Brandon University partnered with Assiniboine Community College to sponsor the Education and Mentorship award, which was presented to Deidre Gregory, the Indigenous Student Transition Co-ordinator at BU.
Other recipients included BU Dean of Science Dr. Bernadette Ardelli, who was presented with the newly created Science, Technology and Trade Award, and Dr. Cathy Mattes, who recently left the IshKaabatens Waasa Gaa Inaabateg Department of Visual Art at BU for a position at the University of Winnipeg.

Dr. Denis Combet, Professor in Brandon University’s (BU’s) Department of Classical and Modern Languages, will be a participant in an online event hosted by the Association of French Manitoban Authors and the Truth and Reconciliation Committee of Université de Saint-Boniface this Thursday evening.

As the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation approaches on Thursday, Brandon University (BU) is welcoming all to gather, listen and learn about Indigenous culture and the harmful history of Canada’s residential schools.
Most campus services will be closed on Thursday, but BU encourages everyone to take time for reflection on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and to participate in community events.