News - Aboriginal

Paving the Way with Tiannie Paul – The First Mi’kmaw Woman to Graduate from CBU’s Engineering Diploma Program

When Tiannie Paul crossed the stage on November 3, 2018, the entire audience at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre rose to their feet in a boisterous standing ovation. Dressed in stunning traditional regalia, Tiannie was named the first Mi’kmaw Woman to graduate from Cape Breton University’s Engineering Diploma program. “In that moment, I knew More »

Powering Resilience Through Experiential Learning: Karly Bernard

Cape Breton University is proud to encourage students to explore all aspects of the learning experience, including experiential learning opportunities. Karly Bernard is one CBU student who knows the value of such opportunities. Karly is a third-year Bachelor of Arts student with a major in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. She is from More »

Building Research Capacity and Facilitating Reconciliation Through Indigenous Ethics Processes

Cape Breton University and Unama’ki College have developed an ethics watch for Indigenous research, ensuring that further transparency is provided to Indigenous communities on how research is conducted and what happens to the data that has been collected. Stephen Augustine, Association Vice President, Indigenous Affairs & Unama’ki College and co-applicant Janice Tulk, Senior Researcher, Prospect & More »

L’nuwey Tplutaqan Mawio’min Research Awarded Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Connection Grant

Indigenous peoples are overrepresented in Canadian prisons, and victimization and vulnerabilities are not well understood. While there has been a movement to address and remedy the effects of colonialism through restorative justice, Indigenous communities, social scientists and legal professionals agree that the current Canadian justice system is not working for Indigenous peoples. CBU professor and More »

CBU Hosts ARCASN Conference

On October 11-13, 2018, the Indigenous and Intercultural Diversity in Nursing conference was held on the Cape Breton University campus. The conference which was developed and hosted by the nursing department at CBU, marks part of the Atlantic Region – Canadian Association of Schools and Nursing annual conferences. ARCASN is an organization devoted to promoting More »

Cape Breton University Celebrates Treaty Day

October 1 in Nova Scotia marks not only the beginning of Mi’kmaq History Month, but also the celebration of Treaty Day. Here in Nova Scotia, Treaty Day celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the 1752 Treaty of Peace and Friendship. In 1986, Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. proclaimed October 1 as Treaty Day to More »

Growing Together at CBU

Going to university was a childhood dream of Bachelor of Arts Community Studies (BACS) student, Graham Marshall. Growing up as one of ten children, Graham watched many of his siblings choose different paths and achieve success in their careers, but university was not a part of their journeys. He set himself a personal goal of More »

Atlantiar Knekk Tepaw- Exploring Indigenous Roots in the North Atlantic

Upon the coastal lands of Northern Spain and Southern France, there lives a culture and people that has called this territory home for over six-thousand years. They communicate in the most ancient language spoken in all of Europe and contain a genetic makeup that has baffled anthropologists for years. They are the Basques and they More »

Health Sciences Summer Camp Students Have a Blast at CBU

Recently, CBU welcomed students from Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities to campus to learn about education and career opportunities in the field of health sciences.The four-day camp, hosted by PLANS – Promotion Leadership in Health for African Nova Scotians and IHIM – Indigenous Health in Medicine, took place from July 22 -25. Michelle Patrick, More »

CBU Student Becomes Keptin of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council

On Sunday, July 29, 2018, Cape Breton University student, Phillip Prosper, received the Keptin’s Sash, assuming the role of Keptin for the community of We’koqma’q First Nation. When he discovered he had been recommended for the position of Keptin, Phillip says he couldn’t believe his ears. His father, also a Keptin, has had to slow More »