Dr. Stephanie Inglis Named 2013 Association of Atlantic Universities’ Anne Marie MacKinnon Educational Leadership Award Recipient

Cape Breton University (CBU) is proud to announce that the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) has recognized Dr. Stephanie Inglis with the Anne Marie MacKinnon Educational Leadership Award.  Dr. Inglis is an Associate Professor of Mi`kmaq Studies, Chair of the Department of Indigenous Studies and the Director of the Kji-keptin Alexander Denny L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom (Mi’kmaq Language Lab) of CBU’s Unama’ki College.

She was chosen for her unwavering commitment to the improvement of university learning particularly in Mi’kmaq Studies and Mi’kmaq second language acquisition. Dr. Inglis’ dedication to addressing the needs of Mi’kmaq students has led the way for the development of courses, programs and initiatives that extend from the university to First Nation communities.

“Receiving the AAU Anne Marie MacKinnon Educational Leadership Award highlights the huge strides that we have made at Cape Breton University over the past 30 years, as we moved from one Mi’kmaq Studies course in the late 1980s to CBU’s new Unama’ki College.  Cape Breton University’s Unama’ki College is becoming a nationally recognized center of Aboriginal research and teaching. Over the last two decades, I have been privileged to have received support and guidance from many respected Mi’kmaw colleagues, who have been at the forefront of the development of an Aboriginal presence within the academy both at Cape Breton University and across Canada.  I am very honored to be part of that team,” says Dr. Inglis.

The Anne Marie MacKinnon Educational Leadership Award is given to an individual who has provided leadership among faculty colleagues in developing structures and processes and in pursing activities that help create an institutional environment which fosters and supports teaching excellence.

“Dr. Inglis’ role in shaping CBU’s focus on Aboriginal education has been transformational and thoroughly deserving of this recognition from AAU. Stephanie was instrumental in creating the Mi’kmaq Studies program at CBU and continues to be leader in this very important area of education. This award also speaks to Cape Breton University’s 35 year commitment to Aboriginal education, the quality of faculty and staff working at Unama’ki College and across campus as well as the importance of the research, teaching and learning happening CBU. I am delighted that Dr. Inglis has been acknowledged in this way,” say CBU President, Dr. David Wheeler.

Throughout her career, Dr. Inglis has achieved many accomplishments that made her a strong candidate for this award. Of particular note is her work in establishing the Kji-keptin Alexander Denny L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom or Mi’kmaq Language Lab of Unama’ki College. Since opening, the lab has collaborated with Mi’kmaq community partners on a number of projects, hosted linguistic graduate students and provided interesting research opportunities to undergraduate students.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Inglis has been involved in the creation and development of an Indigenous academic presence at CBU and more recently, Unama’ki College. Across the country, CBU is known as a pioneer of Aboriginal education and serves as a model for other universities who are beginning to incorporate Indigenous knowledge into the curriculum of the academy.

“Dr. Inglis has been instrumental in the development of the linguistic study of the Mi’kmaw language and Mi’kmaw Studies program beginning with the Mi’kmaq College Institute which later evolved into Unama’ki College. Stephanie was instrumental in developing the L’nu Language Lab which was named after the late Mi’kmaq Grand Council Kji-Keptin Alexander Denny L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom.  Being Chair of the Indigenous Studies Department, she has brought her capabilities to the fore in the creation of new by-laws and a vetting policy. Stephanie has collaborated and contributed to the growth and development of Unama’ki College. She is deserving of this prestigious award from AAU,” says Stephen Augustine, Principal, Unama’ki College.  

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