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Can universities lead the movement towards reconciliation? –

by ahnationtalk on November 24, 2015402 Views

Billy-Ray Belcourt smelled mustard when he opened the door to the University of Alberta Aboriginal Student Council office on Oct. 5, 2015.

Somebody had graffitied the lounge’s walls with a spray of mustard and barbecue sauce over the weekend. Saddened, Belcourt, the president of the ASC, wrote a mournful Facebook status the same day, reading: “Like our bodies, spaces for Indigenous people are violable.”

This was the second time an Aboriginal space had been vandalized on the University of Alberta campus within a year. In March, sacred teepee poles were draped with toilet paper just days after the university erected them as a memorial display honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women.

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