A NEW CHAPTER OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, just for aboriginal alumni, was launched in the fall and is focusing on building support networks for current and prospective students. “I hope the chapter supports and develops the sense of community among Aboriginal students,” says the chapter’s interim chair, Jewel Peters.
The chapter was officially launched in the fall at a colourful celebration—featuring traditional prayers, drumming, songs and words of encouragement—in Mungo Martin House, near the Royal BC Museum. More than 100 alumni, faculty and university officials attended the event. Speakers included UVic President David Turpin and UVic Writing alumnus Philip Kevin Paul, winner of the 2004 BC Book Prize for poetry.
Peters, a political science student from the Sto:lo Nation, sees the group helping “to develop networks of knowledge” between campus and Aboriginal communities.
The chapter has already begun planning the 2005 celebration for October 19, again at Mungo Martin House. Get involved by contacting the alumni office at email@example.com.
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