What is your connection to Migizii Agamik?
I was a member of the First Choice for Aboriginal Students Advisory Committee in early 2002 and the building was one of the recommendations that came out of our work. The development of Migizii Agamik was spearheaded primarily by Ms. Kali Storm and Dr. Fred Shore with the support and guidance from many university and community members. I recall the opening with such fond memories. The excitement, anticipation and sense of community were apparent by everyone and it was a significant achievement by those closely involved with the planning. The sense of pride, gratitude and belonging experienced by the staff and students clearly made the many years of effort worthwhile.
Share a memory that you have of the building.
I was away from the Access and Aboriginal Focus Programs (AAFP) for a few years and was in an office in a different building. When I returned to AAFP in 2011, I remember walking through the doors and feeling such a strong sense of belonging once again. It was like returning home and I am so very grateful to be able to be here with my community. The sense of belonging that happens in Migizii Agamik is apparent each day when we have the opportunity to sit and talk with students and listen to community speakers and Elders. The many gatherings that take place highlight the connectedness of the Indigenous community on and off campus and the many ways we continue to work towards a common goal; that being supporting our students and each other in our efforts.
What do you want current and future students to know about Migizii Agamik?
This is your space, your family and your community! It is your "home away from home" and I encourage you to take advantage of all of the relevant resources and programs offered within Migizii Agamik. It is a safe and supportive environment to meet old friends, make new ones and spend time with the amazing staff and faculty who work hard to ensure your are successful in all that you do. I wish you all the best!