My CBU Story: Edmund and Jaylyn Morris

Growing up, sharing with your siblings can be tough, but for upcoming CBU graduates, Edmund and Jaylyn Morris, sharing their university journey has been an experience they’ll treasure forever. Born and raised in Eskasoni, First Nation, Edmund and Jaylyn will each graduate this week with a Bachelor of Arts, concentration in Mi’kmaq Studies. For both Morris siblings, learning more about their Indigenous culture and exploring Two-Eyed Seeing Approaches to education was important, so CBU was the perfect fit. 

“What stood out to me about CBU wasn’t just its proximity to home, but its genuine embracing of Indigenous culture and community,” says Jaylyn. “The respect and value the University places on Indigenous students is truly heartwarming and I was especially touched by their commitment to offering Mi’kmaq courses and organizing cultural events that foster a sense of belonging and pride.” 

Edmund agrees, adding that a family connection made the decision even easier. “My Dad and Gramma also went to CBU, so it’s something special in our family,” he says. “The University is truly supportive, offers great education and gives students opportunities to grow personally and professionally. As someone who is part of a minority group and the LGBTQ+ community, I felt supported here right away.” 

For the Morris siblings, supporting one another through their education has only strengthened their bond. Edmund says celebrating this milestone with his sister is the perfect way to celebrate all of their days spent studying, proofreading each other’s papers and attending classes together. Jaylyn says Edmund has been her rock and biggest supporter throughout the program, and she can’t wait to cross the stage at convocation alongside him. “It’s truly a special and wholesome feeling to have experienced this with my brother,” she adds. “There’s no one else I’d rather share this journey with.” 

The pair won’t be parting ways just yet, as both Edmund and Jaylyn will be returning to CBU to begin their Bachelor of Social Work together in the fall. Both currently employed as Crisis Support Workers, Edmund and Jaylyn have a passion for mental health, especially in their home community. “Our work in the Crisis Centre has been incredibly fulfilling and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to support my community,” says Jaylyn. “I’m so thankful to continue my education in the BSW program as my passion for serving Eskasoni remains strong and I’m committed to contributing in any way possible.” 

As a Mi’kmaq graduate, Edmund says he is proud to break stereotypes about Indigenous education. “CBU has helped me build confidence and resilience and I’ve gained a broader perspective including understanding different viewpoints,” he shares. “To my fellow graduates, congratulations on reaching this big achievement! We all have different stories, making this a special and unique moment for each of us.” 

It will certainly be a special moment for Edmund and Jaylyn as they graduate with their peers this week. As Jaylyn explains, its the culmination of hard work, dedication and sacrifices. “As we celebrate this moment, let’s remember the late nights, the stress and even the doubts,” she says. “We’ve earned every bit of this success, and I hope every graduate feels proud of themselves today and always!” 

Congratulations to Edmund, Jaylyn and the entire Spring graduating class of 2024!