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    ENGAGING ABORIGINAL

    COMMUNITIES THROUGH

    EDUCATION: A

    CONSULTATION ON POST-

    SECONDARY EDUCATION

    NEEDS

    Project Report 2014

    Mount Saint Vincent University partnered with

    8 Mi’kmaw nations in Nova Scotia to identify

    their post-secondary education needs. Mount’s

    aim was to engage Aboriginal communities in

    order to gain insight into programming interests

    and to enhance its existing supports for

    Aboriginals on campus.

    John R. Sylliboy Aboriginal Student Centre

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    Acknowledgements

    “We don’t want to make assumptions with respect to post-secondary education needs among

    Aboriginals. We will work with the Mi’kmaq on Mainland Nova Scotia as partners to consult on

    what these needs are.”

    Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, Mount Saint Vincent President and Vice-Chancellor.

    Mount Saint Vincent University would like to acknowledge the following communities, Chiefs

    and Councils and all their extraordinary leaders, Directors of Education, Health and Economic

    Development, community members, parents, Elders and most importantly all the students who

    participated on this consultation project.

    Acadia First Nation Indian Brook First Nation

    Annapolis Valley First Nation Millbrook Mi’kmaw Nation

    Bear River First Nation Paq’ntkek Mi’kmaq Nation

    Glooscap First Nation Pictou Landing First Nation

    The Mount was also provided much support and knowledge thanks to the experts who work in

    Aboriginal tribal organizations/councils:

    Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

    Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey

    Native Council of Nova Scotia

    Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association

    Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre

    Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat

    Aboriginal Advisors and students from the following post-secondary institutions were

    instrumental in providing first-hand knowledge on needs for Aboriginals on campus:

    Acadia University

    St. Francis Xavier University

    Dalhousie University

    Mount Saint Vincent University

    Nova Scotia Community College

    The Atlantic Aboriginal Advisors Networking Group (AAANG) members provided support and

    input on the project from the following post-secondary institutions:

    Cape Breton University

    St. Mary’s University

    University of Prince Edward Island

    University of New Brunswick

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    New Brunswick Community College

    The project was also successful thanks to the support and guidance provided by the MSVU

    Aboriginal Advisory and Internal Advisory

    MSVU Aboriginal Advisory

    Representatives from MSVU:

    • Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, President and Vice-Chancellor

    • Dr. Elizabeth Church, Vice-President, Academic

    • Ms. Kelly Gallant, Associate Vice-President, Communications, Marketing

    and Student Recruitment

    • Mr. Jeff Hollett, Associate Vice-President, Student Experience

    • Mr. Art Stevens, Coordinator of Aboriginal Student Services

    External Representatives:

    • Ms. Pamela Glode-Desrochers, Executive Director

    • Dr. Don Julien, Executive Director of the Confederacy of Mainland

    Mi'kmaq

    • Mr. Spencer Wilmot, Director, Education & Student Services, Native

    Council of Nova Scotia

    • Ms. Ann Sylliboy, Eskasoni – Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey

    • Ms. Catherine Martin, Mi’kmaw Cultural/Educational Advisor Activist

    • Ms. Jane Abram, Elder, Millbrook First Nation

    • Professor Tuma Young, Assistant Professor Indigenous Studies, Cape

    Breton University

    • Ms. Gail Francis, Indian Brook First Nation Education Director

    • Ms. Marlene Martin, Education Advisor, Confederacy of Mainland

    Mi'kmaq

    • Mr. John R. Sylliboy, Millbrook First Nation

    MSVU Internal Advisory

    • Dr. Sal Badali, Dean, Faculty of Education

    • Dr. Elizabeth Church, Vice-President (Academic)

    • Dr. Anthony Davis, Professor, Sociology & Anthropology

    • Ms. Veronica Gore, MSVU student

    • Dr. Valda Leighteizer, Assistant Professor and Director and Teacher

    Education Program

    • Dr. Devi Mucina, Associate Professor, Department of Child and Youth

    Study

    • Mr. Art Stevens, Coordinator, Aboriginal Services

    • Mr. John R Sylliboy, Program Director, Engaging Aboriginal

    Communities through Education

    Finally, the Mount expresses its sincerest gratitude to the Windsor Foundation which has

    provided funding to complete this project. This project will contribute greatly to building

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    supports for Aboriginals on campus.

    Contents Acknowledgements ......................................................................................................................... 1

    TABLE OF CONTENTS ............................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ............................................................................................................. 4

    Community Engagement with Mi’kmaq and Aboriginals .......................................................... 6

    Community Partners ................................................................................................................... 7

    Recommendations and Outcomes ............................................................................................... 8

    Recommendations for Mount Saint Vincent University ............................................................. 9

    Summary of Community Needs ................................................................................................ 10

    Recommendations for Post-Secondary Education .................................................................... 12

    BACKGROUND .......................................................................................................................... 13

    Project Focus ............................................................................................................................. 15

    METHODOLOGY ........................................................................................................................ 17

    Consultation Process ................................................................................................................. 18

    FINDINGS AND COMMON THEMES ...................................................................................... 23

    1) Recommendations For Mount Saint Vincent University: ..................................................... 31

    2) Recommendations For Post-Secondary Institutions in General: .......................................... 32

    3) Recommendations from the Program Director: .................................................................... 33

    MI’KMAQ AND ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ........................................... 35

    Acadia First Nation ................................................................................................................... 35

    Millbrook Mi’kmaw Community ............................................................................................. 41

    Bear River First Nation ............................................................................................................. 54

    Indian Brook First Nation ......................................................................................................... 62

    Pictou Landing First Nation ...................................................................................................... 72

    Paq’ntkek Mi’kmaw Nation ...................................................................................................... 83

    Glooscap First Nation ............................................................................................................... 94

    Annapolis Valley First Nation ................................................................................................. 101

    Tribal Councils and Organizations .......................................................................................... 105

    Post-Secondary Students and Aboriginal Advisors ..................................................................116

    Off Reserve / Urban Aboriginals ............................................................................................. 125

    CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ...................................................................... 127

    Building Supports for Aboriginal Students in Mount Saint Vincent University ..................... 127

    Terms and Acronyms ................................................................................................................... 131

    Bibliography ................................................................................................................................ 132

    Appendices .................................................................................................................................. 134

    Appendix A ...........................................................................................................................

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