Tag: Indigenous


A familiar face who has built close relationships across campus and throughout our region will elevate Indigenous initiatives to the highest levels at Brandon University.

Chris Lagimodiere assumes the newly created position of Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Initiatives as of August 1. The new role will oversee and direct all major Indigenous initiatives at BU, as well as the work of the Director of the Indigenous Peoples’ Centre and other supports that are in place to assist in the success of Indigenous students at BU. Lagimodiere will also serve as the campus’ primary outreach to the broader community regarding Indigenous initiatives.


MELITA – 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 — and members of the public are invited to get a first-hand look at their latest work this weekend and later this month.

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.


Starting this fall, all Brandon University undergraduate degrees will include Indigenous content. The new requirement, which was approved by the BU Senate earlier this year, adds a minimum of three credit hours of approved Indigenous content to any BU undergraduate degree.


Brandon will celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on Wednesday, and a ceremonial fire and Teachings House will be held to honour the day on the Brandon University campus.

“National Indigenous Peoples Day has become a highlight on campus, as we celebrate the culture and contributions of all Indigenous peoples,” said BU President David Docherty, who noted that more than 15 per cent of BU students self-declare as 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.