Advisory: Grand opening of Aboriginal House [Event]

September 17th, 2008 · No Comments · Aboriginal, Advisory

On Friday, September 19, 2008, the Grand Opening of Aboriginal House will take place beginning at 10:00 am at the University of Manitoba.

At 10:00 am there will be a Grand Entry followed by a prayer. (Media will be permitted to record the former but not the latter.)

From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, everyone is invited to a barbeque and fish fry.

At 2:00 pm, welcoming remarks will be made by speakers on behalf of past, present and future students. The Master of Ceremonies will be the Honourable Mr. Justice C. Murray Sinclair, Court of Queen’s Bench, Province of Manitoba.

* For the past, Mr. Ovide Mercredi will speak. He was president of the first Native Students’ Association formed in Canada, graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1977, articled in law and became a lawyer in 1979. He was National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) from 1991 to 1997. He is currently the Chief of Grand Rapids First Nation and chancellor of the University College of the North.

* For the present, Ms Seraph Eden-Boroditsky and Mr. Brock Campbell will speak. They are University of Manitoba Aboriginal Student Association (UMASA) co-presidents for the 2008-09 year. Eden-Boroditsky is a proud Red River Métis who will be graduating this year with a Bachelor of Arts degree (majoring in Native Studies). She is a single parent and plans to continue onto pre-law studies in the fall. Campbell is a Métis student from Shoal Lake, Ontario, in his third year of civil engineering in the Engineering Access Program.

* For the future, the speaker will be Mr. Corey Cook, a Grade 11 student at Southeast College. Corey is 16 years old and is from the Bloodvein First Nation. He aspires to be an actor.

At 2:30 pm, University of Manitoba president Dr. David Barnard will speak, bringing greetings from the University community.

Throughout the day, there will be traditional games and activities, entertainment and tours of the new facility. The first 500 University of Manitoba Aboriginal students to register will receive a free backpack.

Aboriginal House is located on Curry Place, southwest of the Education Building.

Public parking is available in the University Parkade, adjacent to the Helen Glass Centre for Nursing.

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