Pjila’si or Welcome in the Mi’kmaw language. I am Stephen J. Augustine, Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Affairs and Unama’ki College at Cape Breton University. CBU’s Unama’ki College is considered a leader in developing programs that are well suited for Indigenous students and others who have an interest in learning from different perspectives. These learning opportunities allow students the freedom to explore from the Mi’kmaw and from the mainstream ways of understanding, learning, and knowledge. At Unama’ki College we provide specialized student services geared to help Mi’kmaw and Indigenous students through their years of study. These specialized services also help students achieve their goal in an atmosphere of comfort and safety.
Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Affairs and Unama’ki College
Cape Breton University
Cape Breton University is proud to be the Atlantic Canadian leader in Indigenous post-secondary education, and we’re excited to help make bright futures happen for our Indigenous students and for their communities.
Indigenous culture, heritage and knowledge are integrated into CBU’s Indigenous education options, offering all CBU students the opportunity to not just learn about these cultures, but to learn from them and to apply the teachings throughout their careers.
Through its unique partnerships with Aboriginal communities on Cape Breton Island (Unama’ki) and elsewhere in Canada, Cape Breton University has been able to establish a number of impactful innovations in education for Indigenous peoples and Indigenous knowledge sharing. These include:
- The development of Unama’ki College which provides outreach and support for Indigenous learners and which is largely responsible for the successful graduation of approximately 600 Aboriginal students in recent decades. Unama’ki College is currently developing a significant scholarly research capability anchored in health, environment and well-being and a new undergraduate program based on the concept of ‘two eyed seeing’ to build on the positive experience of Integrative Science programming.
- The delivery of ‘in-community’ teaching on Cape Breton Island (Unama’ki), mainland Nova Scotia, and Quebec involving BA, BA (Community Studies), BBA, BEd, and MBA delivery.
- The development of an MBA program which enrolls more Indigenous learners than any MBA program in Canada (approximately 30 at the present time).
- The development of a national youth mentorship program, In.Business, that supports students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 planning on attending community college or university with an interest in potentially studying business. This program is now delivered through partnerships with four academic institutions in five regions across the country (coast to coast to coast) and currently enrols about 300 students (with significantly greater unmet demand).