From the President's Desk | June 21, 2021 | View as Webpage
Walking the path of truth and reconciliation
The Mi'kmaq Grand Council Flag has a permanent home on top of University Hall.
Dear campus community members,

Today, June 21, is National Indigenous Peoples Day and the official start of summer. So as we welcome the summer season, we also celebrate Indigenous peoples in Canada – their history, culture, language, wisdom, and knowledge. 

For those of us who are not Indigenous, it is a time for us to express our gratitude and our joy to live in a country with such a deep Indigenous heritage. It is a time to appreciate the richness that Indigenous People bring to Canada. As Treaty People, we share this great country with those who can trace their ancestry back thousands of years on this land. 

This is a privilege that we enjoy as Canadians, and all too often, we do not express it or understand it enough. This year we are also sharing grief and anger at discovering the remains of so many children – innocent human beings - treated inhumanely in the residential school system. We know that things happened in the past that would be unthinkable in the Canada of today. Yet, we also know that the legacies of the past still haunt us today and are prevalent as racism and discrimination in modern society.  
Acadia is trying to walk the pathway of truth and reconciliation hand-in-hand with the Mi’kmaw People and seeks to make our university a truly anti-racist community. We do these things because they are right and because, as a learning community, we want to create a better society today and for the future. That is what education is all about, and we can see even in the university's history how damaging it can be when education is used for other, more sinister purposes. 
So, on this National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021, let us celebrate Indigenous heritage and peoples in Canada, reflect on the lessons of the past, and work together in harmony to create a better world for all of our students to live happily and successfully 
Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! 

Dr. Peter Ricketts
President and Vice-Chancellor
Recognizing leadership
In May, Acadia conferred an honorary degree on Hon. Justice Murray Sinclair. He is a former Canadian senator and was Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Throughout his life and career, he has been an outstanding advocate for Indigenous people.

Watch his message and read his biography on the Convocation website.
Sharing knowledge
In January, Glooscap First Nation and Acadia University launched an Indigenous Speaker Series. In this video, you can learn about the meaning of Netukulimk – the Mi'kmaq philosophy of sustainability. The discussion focuses on Two-Eyed Seeing. This concept was created by Elder Albert Marshall and emphasizes the equal value of western science and traditional knowledge.

Watch all the presentations on the Indigenous Speaker Series website.
Encouraging inclusion
Leah Creaser, a member of the Acadia First Nation, has created a first-year biology lab that's now part of the curriculum at Acadia.

She was also awarded a 2021 3M National Student Fellowship. This prestigious award honours students across Canada who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and who exemplify a vision of education inside and outside the classroom.

You can read her story on CBC News.