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Mawoluhkhotipon: Togetherness in space

Amanda Rogers, Piluwitahasuwin (AVP Indigenous Engagement); Shelley Francis, Director, NUTSIHPILUWEWICIK; Dan Nagel, faculty of nursing; Elder Imelda Perley, Elder-in-Residence; David Perley, Director, Mi'kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre; Chola Shamputa, faculty of nursing; Catherine Hamilton, faculty of nursing; Dr. Robert McKinnon, former Vice-President Saint John. Credit: UNB

Mawoluhkhotipon: Ally & Safe Space Program for Wabanaki and Indigenous Peoples was officially launched in February on the UNB Saint John campus.

The Ally & Safe Space Program is an innovative project intended to support a campus community that affirms, welcomes and supports Indigenous peoples who work, study and visit UNB Saint John.

“This program was developed in close collaboration between members of the campus community and Elders and Indigenous community members,” said Dr. Dan Nagel with the department of nursing and health sciences. Dr. Nagel and Dr. Catherine Hamilton, also from the department of nursing and health sciences, worked with third-year nursing students to create and refine the educational components of the program.

A name gifted by the UNB Council of Elders, Mawoluhkhotipon means “togetherness in space” and represents the goals of the Ally & Safe Space Program to enhance cultural awareness of Indigenous peoples. The program is one of many initiatives intended to support the mandate of UNB’s Truth and Reconciliation Strategic Action Plan.

The official launch was followed by a Blanket Exercise which provides a participatory learning experience and understanding of colonialism in Canada. Allyship training sessions were also offered through the winter and spring.

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