Piluwitahasuwawsuwakon | February 2020 | President's Newsletter | UNB

Piluwitahasuwawsuwakon

Many of you have likely noticed that UNB has been using the Wolastoqey term, piluwitahasuwawsuwakon (BILL-UH-WEE-DUH-HUZZ-UH-WUZZ-UH-WAH-GUN) in our written materials and in our conversations. A Wolastoqey word gifted to us by Elder Opolahsomuwehs, piluwitahasuwawsuwakon means ‘allowing your thinking to change so that action will follow in a good way toward truth.’ It represents our commitment, as outlined in our strategic vision.

Establishing respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples means we must respect and be informed by Indigenous worldviews, knowledges, histories, and perspectives. As an institution committed to truth and reconciliation, we recognize that we are walking this path together, as treaty people. Our commitment to piluwitahasuwawsuwakon, along with our values: integrity, transparency and respect, are the filter through which we will deliver on our mission of inspiring and educating our people to become problem solvers and leaders of the world.

I encourage all students, faculty and staff to become familiar with the term piluwitahasuwawsuwakon and keep it top of mind in the way we teach, the way we learn and the way we engage with others.