FNMI Photos 2016 109St. Mary’s University celebrated the academic accomplishments of its First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) graduates on Thursday, June 9, 2016. This day marked the achievements of Julie Showalter and Gaylene Weasel Child as they graduated from the Bachelor of Education program. St. Mary’s Elders-On-Campus Casey Eagle Speaker and Edmee Comstock led the ceremony, alongside, Del Majore, member of the St. Mary’s FNMI Advisory Council and Diane Fehr from Ruperstland Institute, Métis Centre of Excellence. Elder Casey Eagle Speaker lit a smudge and led a prayer to begin the event. The ceremony included remarks from Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President of St. Mary’s University, who told the students that they now join the St. Mary’s community as alumni, and the university looks forward to seeing their continued success. Casey Eagle Speaker sang an Honour Song, with Julie crossing the buffalo hide to receive her Métis sash, and Gaylene to receive her eagle feather. The ceremony concluded with an Honour Dance and a reception for the graduates, joined by their family, friends and St. Mary’s faculty and staff.

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