Deborah Myran [MA/14]

Deborah Myran

Aboriginal Students' Association representative for the building committee

What is your connection to Migizii Agamik?
My historical connection was to provide input into the structure of a sacred space while honouring student input before the first shovel touched the earth. As Aboriginal Students' Association rep, I was gifted with the responsibility to support, advise and foster Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples together to share a healthy understanding in partnership and equality through song, dance teachings and ceremony.

Share a memory that you have of Migizii Agamik.
The community gathering on opening day. This day brought students, family, community educators and VIPs to enjoy a day of cultural sharing of respect, kindness, knowledge of experiences, laughter and food. Special relationships evolved from this day.

What do you want current and future students to know about Migizii Agamik?
Migizii Agamik was named after the Bald Eagle. Eagles carry forward visions, offer protection and spiritual empowerment and are a sacred connection to all living on earth. Migizii Agamik is a dream that unfolded for our Indigenous campus and this dream continues to sustain students in their struggles, achievements, successes and future endeavors. This sacred space named Migizii Agamik si a power teaching for the Indigenous community and it sits on the sacred space for which it was intended. Current and future Indigenous students should continue to have the opportunity to not only share this sacred space in cultural teachings, but also continue to provide an academic space to grow, prosper, dream, challenge, empower and strengthen their academic and cultural knowledge.

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