Destiny Seymour Honoured at Indigenous Homecoming
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Migizii Agamik – Bald Eagle Lodge as part of Indigenous Homecoming, @UMIndigenous has been sharing inspirational people who have contributed to the Migizii Agamik community.
One of the 10 featured people is Destiny Seymour [BA ’00, MID ’13], a Faculty of Architecture Alumna. Destiny completed her degree in Interior Design at the UofM before going to work for Prairie Architects. As a student, Destiny was part of the team that designed Migizii Agamik.
“We worked closely with staff, students, and Elders to make sure it was a community-led and integrated design process. There was a lot of food and so much laughter. To see all these ideas start from sketches to numerous models, to design plans, and then to the final built form was incredible to me as the only design student on the team. I am very grateful for that opportunity. I remember wanting the new space to feel like a home away from home. There are many students that have to leave their home communities and families to complete their education. When I worked as a student advisor, one of the reasons many students didn’t complete their degree was feeling disconnected and unwelcome. We also really wanted Migizii Agamik to be welcoming to all nations.”
After working for Prairie Architects, Destiny went on to start her own design business, and she says, “Migizii Agamik will always be special to me because it was the first project I ever worked on. It had such a positive impact on me as a designer. I now have my own design business that focuses on community design projects.”