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Indigenous engagement director awarded for positive impact on students

May 13, 2021 — 

Congratulations to Heather McRae, director of Indigenous engagement for the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, on receiving the Migizii Agamik Award at the UM Virtual Indigenous Graduation Ceremony Saturday, May 8.

For consideration of the award, students were asked to consider how this person has inspired them academically, intellectually, culturally, spiritually, physically and/or influenced them in a positive way.⠀

McRae’s UM journey began as a student in the PhD Studies for Aboriginal Scholars (PSAS) cohort where she explored culturally relevant recreation programming and leadership practices for urban Indigenous youth. Upon graduating in 2011, she began working with the Rec and Read Mentorship Program for All Nations – a culturally affirming recreation program designed by and for Indigenous children and youth.

In the last few years, her role has evolved and she now serves as the director for Indigenous engagement in the faculty. Working with members of the faculty’s Indigenous Engagement Circle, she supports Indigenous engagement and outreach initiatives within our education, research, sport and campus recreation activities. ⠀



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