Lakehead University Office of Indigenous Initiatives celebrates 180 Indigenous graduates – Anishinabek News

by ahnationtalk on June 30, 202098 Views

THUNDER BAY — The importance of ceremony, breaking the cycle of poverty, discipline and facing challenges such as systematic racism were highlighted during the Lakehead University Office of Indigenous Initiatives’ online Indigenous Student Graduation Celebration.

“Somebody had said to me a month or so ago, ‘Oh, you just graduated from social work,’ and I said, ‘Well, I didn’t graduate from social work. I’ve finished my social work degree, but I hesitate to say I’ve graduated from it because to graduate from something implies that I’ve gone through some sort of a ceremony, and I haven’t really gone through that ceremony,’” says Clifford Mushquash, a Pays Plat citizen and Honours Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts Sociology graduate. “So I’m thankful for tonight’s opportunity for what [Indigenous Initiatives] has put together for Indigenous graduates so we can now say we have gone through a ceremony. Ceremony is significant to our people — it’s an important milestone to many people for their lives.”

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