Elder Garry Robson

Garry Robson

What is your connection to Migizii Agamik?
I was asked to be a part of the creation of Migizii Agamik, back when it didn't have a name, but was just an idea. The idea of the building was great and the importance of it is still strong. We wanted to make sure that Migizii Agamik was not dwarfed by the other buildings around it, but unfortunately, it seem to have gotten smaller than originally planned.

Share a memory that you have of the building.
When I used to do orientation, it was powerful watching the students walk in and let out a big sigh - as if they were relieved to find a place like home. Many times while learning about Indigenous cultures, students would say that it was the first time they had ever heard anything good about their identify and Indigenous people. It is very important to come together and talk, as it helps to create allies and a better understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. All parts of the University of Manitoba should keep the lines of communication open throughout the year to make sure this is ongoing.

What do you want current and future students to know about Migizii Agamik?
It is important for students to know the story of how Migizii Agamik came to be and what it means. I like that the building represents a woman in that it is a safe place for students because women protect and provide within and for the home. Migizii Agamik was always meant to be a home where everyone is welcome and belongs. The symbolism in the building is very strong and highlights the importance of the balance between women and men.

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