Indigenous grads and alumni celebrated at 25th anniversary Powwow
Indigenous graduates and alumni came together in celebration this past Saturday, May 3 for the 25th Annual Traditional Graduation Powwow.
The Powwow honours and commemorates the academic achievement of Indigenous post-secondary students from the University of Manitoba. Over 230 Indigenous graduates were recognized this year, along with alumni from the past 25 years, who were honoured during an evening ceremony.
A spectacular first Grand Entry was followed by the Honour song, presentation of certificates and, for the first time, a specially designed scarf to graduates and alumni. The scarf was designed by graduating student Dene Beaudry, who wanted to capture the spirit of Migizii Agamik – Bald Eagle Lodge, his home for the past four years.
In recognition of her contributions to the U of M Indigenous community, Marlene Atleo, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, was presented the Migizii Award. The award is given every year to a university staff member who goes above and beyond for Indigenous students on campus.
As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations, a Metis Specials hour featured the Metis University Students’ Association, the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers and musician Ray St. Germain. To mark the anniversary, 25 Indigenous alumni were featured over 25 days leading up to the Powwow.