In recognition of Mi’kmaq History Month, UINR joined Cape Breton University’s Unama’ki College in its dedication of Kina’matnewey Na Klinkn (Strengthening Knowledge) in the University’s courtyard. UINR’s Executive Director Lisa Young, Elder Advisor Albert Marshall and his son Albert J, joined CBU President Dr. John Harker in a ceremonial planting of culturally significant Mi’kmaq plants.
Pakosi, Kjimskiku (Switey), and two Wisqoq trees were planted around a specially constructed eight-pointed star. CBU President Dr. John Harker explains, “Our reputation as Atlantic Canada’s leader in Aboriginal post-secondary education is one that we are very proud of here at CBU. The green space that has been revitalized with the Mi’kmaq eight-pointed star and traditional Mi’kmaq plants is a wonderful reminder of the more than 35-year relationship that Cape Breton University holds with Aboriginal communities regionally and afar. This attractive space complements the ongoing transformation taking place at CBU and will be enjoyed by the University community and visitors to our campus for years to come.”
Lisa Young, UINR’s Executive Director talked about UINR’s relationship with CBU. “UINR has a long history of association with CBU, and through our Memorandum of Understanding, we have embarked on many projects together over the years. We are currently working with The Unama’ki College on a video with Unama’KIDS and are partnered with CBU on a research project on Kluskap’s Cave. Our collaboration with CBU’s Bras d’Or Institute recently had its students assisting us on our salmon smolt wheel project. This dedication and planting of these important Mi’kmaq plants symbolizes UINR’s commitment to working with the University community to see our relationship grow and flourish.”