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Dr. Mary Jane McCallum stands at a lectern. She holds an eagle feather and wears an honorary Doctor of Laws degree gown and hat.

Dr. Mary Jane McCallum spoke at convocation after receiving an honorary doctor of laws degree.

HD recipient Mary Jane McCallum: ‘Advocate for a better, healthier and more just life for all Canadians’

At the 143rd Spring Convocation, Dr. Mary Jane McCallum encouraged the graduating dental and dental hygiene students to continue pursuing knowledge and wisdom so they can give back to society to make it a better place for those who aren’t yet born.

McCallum, who graduated from the University of Manitoba with her dentistry degree in 1990, is believed to be the first Indigenous woman in Canada to become a dentist.

“We acknowledge that all humans regardless of race, colour, religion come from a heritage of strength, and that we use that strength to advocate for a better, healthier and a more just life for all Canadians,” McCallum said during the convocation address. “We have the capability to contribute to that.”

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HD recipient Mary Jane McCallum: ‘Advocate for a better, healthier and more just life for all Canadians’

At the 143rd Spring Convocation, Dr. Mary Jane McCallum encouraged the graduating dental and dental hygiene students to continue pursuing knowledge and wisdom so they can give back to society to make it a better place for those who aren’t yet born.

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Rady Faculty statement in response to shooting in Buffalo

On Saturday, May 14, 2022,  10 Black people were killed and three were injured in a horrifying act of anti-Black racism in Buffalo, New York. Adding to the violence and trauma was a 180-page hate-filled manifesto and the social media live-streaming of the mass shooting. As the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, we acknowledge and think of the families and communities who are grieving the loss of their loved ones.

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