Rod Bruinooge, M.P. [B.A. 1997]

Rod Bruinooge

Thompson, Manitoba
Member of Parliament - Winnipeg South (Chair of the Post-Secondary Education Caucus and Canada-Netherlands Friendship Group, Vice-Chair of the Mining Caucus and a Member of the Conservative Aboriginal Caucus), Video Game Developer, Filmmaker

What inspires you?
During my time as Parliamentary Secretary to the Department of Indian Affairs, the historic Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement was negotiated and ratified by all parties. Part of the agreement included the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) which included a five year mandate. It was a great honour to attend the Signing Ceremony of the Agreement and acknowledge the creation of the permanent home of the National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. The National Research Centre will be a resource that allows all Canadians the opportunity to learn about what happened within the Residential Schools and help us join together towards reconciliation. (See photo below).

What is your advice to current Indigenous university students and the 2014 Indigenous Graduates of the University of Manitoba?
My advice to current Indigenous University students and the 2014 Indigenous Graduates of the University of Manitoba is to know that your first job is a stepping stone to greater opportunities. With hard work and determination you can succeed at anything and reach your ultimate goals in life.

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