BU Celebrates Aboriginal Grads with Pow Wow

May 29, 2013

BRANDON, MB – With drumming, singing and dancers in regalia, Aboriginal students from Brandon University (BU) were honoured during the annual Graduation Pow Wow on Wednesday, May 29th in the Henry Champ Gymnasium, Health Living Centre.

BU Grad Pow Wow 2013 (web)

Opening ceremonies, Grad Pow Wow 2013

The event drew more than 250 people, including grads and their families, elders, Brandon Mayor Shari Decter Hirst, Brandon Police Service Chief Ian Grant, BU dignitaries and community members.

“Our University has a long tradition of educating First Nations and Aboriginal students.” says BU President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah Poff. “I congratulate each graduate and wish them continued success in their life journeys.”

The Graduation Pow Wow is a collaboration between BU’s Indigenous People’s Centre (IPC) and the Brandon University Aboriginal Student Council, with the support of campus and community partners. IPC Director Rhonda McCorriston says, “BU is a place for student success and the celebration of learning, leading and growing in a culturally inclusive and respectful way. The Pow Wow not only recognizes the students’ achievements but also the love of their families and support of their communities.”

Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, creation and scholarship; educating students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.

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For more information, please contact:
Dr. Deborah Poff
President and Vice-Chancellor
204-727-7427
Poffd@brandonu.ca
Rhonda McCorriston
Director, Indigenous People’s Centre
204- 727-7443
McCorristonr@brandonu.ca
Glen Kirby
Communications Officer
204-727-9762
kirbyg@brandonu.ca