The University of Winnipeg is proud to permanently install the Treaty One and Métis flags on campus during a special ceremony on Monday, October 17 at 12:30 p.m. in front of Wesley Hall. This is a historic event at UWinnipeg, and we hope that you can join us!
Speakers will include Dr. Todd A. Mondor, President and Vice-Chancellor; Angeline Nelson, Acting Lead of Indigenous Engagement; Andrew Carrier, Vice-President for the Winnipeg Region of the Manitoba Métis Federation; and Chief Gordon BlueSky of Brokenhead Ojibway Nation and Chairperson with Treaty One.
“Reconciliation is about building respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples and, for UWinnipeg, it is a proud moment to soon bear witness to the permanent raising of the Treaty One and Métis flags on campus,” Nelson said. “For years, land acknowledgements have been shared at every event, but seeing the flags flying on campus will be an important way to recognize the traditional lands we are on and a daily reminder of our commitment to reconciliation.”
“Raising these flags is a crucial step in our ongoing commitment to advancing reconciliation and to furthering progress on our strategic priorities for Indigenization,” said President Mondor. “We are privileged to partner with our Indigenous faculty, staff, students, and community members in this necessary and important work.”
UWinnipeg has one of the highest participation rates for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students in Canada, with 11 per cent of the student body identifying as Indigenous.
“I am optimistic that Indigenous students seeing the flags flying on the front lawn will feel welcomed,” said Nelson, “as well as a sense of pride in how their university is recognizing Indigenous ways of knowing and being.”