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Welcome to George Muswaggon,  Knowledge Keeper at Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences would like to offer a warm welcome to George Muswaggon, who has joined the team of Elders at Ongomiizwin – Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing.

Muswaggon, who prefers the term Knowledge Keeper, was born in the Indigenous community of Pimicikamak, Man. (Cross Lake), before electricity, telephones or even roadways had reached the area.

In summer, his community travelled by canoe throughout the many waterways. In winter, they went by dogsled. “When the machines came and they started putting in the hydro lines, we’d never seen anything like it!” he said.

It was a close knit community with strong ties between families, said Muswaggon. “When my friends and I wanted to go do something we’d been told not to do, someone would always see us going,” he said. “We wouldn’t get very far and someone would call to us, ‘Come help me make some tea.’” He’d find himself lending a hand in someone’s kitchen, then sitting and listening to stories meant to spark some thought about the choices he was about to make. “I don’t know how they did it, but they always knew,” he laughed.

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Honouring our Indigenous Campus Community celebrates 2024 honourees

Each year, Indigenous Engagement and Communications and the Office of the Vice-President (Indigenous) recognize the efforts and achievements of the inspiring people that are working to make the University of Manitoba a better place. On June 20, ten student, staff and faculty honourees were recognized for their exceptional contributions at the 2024 Honouring our Indigenous Campus Community recognition ceremony.

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