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Indigenous graduate student scholarship gets a makeover – Uregina

by pmnationtalk on September 7, 2017118 Views

September 07, 2017

The University of Regina’s Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) has given one of its graduate student awards a makeover.

Formerly known as the FGSR Aboriginal Graduate Awards Program Scholarship the new award will now be called Kaskitomasowak, Cree for ‘they earned it.’

“Along with Emily Grafton, the Executive Lead, Indigenization (who is currently on maternity leave), we wanted the award to be more meaningful to our students,” says Dr. Thomas Bredohl, dean of FGSR. “To achieve this, we asked Life Speaker Noel Starblanket to help with the changes and after holding a ceremony that included prayers and songs, he received the name, Kaskitomasowak.”

Bredohl adds that the scholarship has also increased from $2500 each to $5000 each.

Cheryl Quewezance, the acting Executive Lead, Indigenization, says it’s important for University of Regina Indigenous students to have awards in Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota, Nakota and Métis because it represents who they are as Indigenous peoples.

Read More: https://www.uregina.ca/external/communications/feature-stories/current/2017/09-07.html

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