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Saint Mary's University is in Mi’kma’ki

A boy and a man perform a dance on stage in traditional indigenous outfits.

A performance of a traditional dance at the Saint Mary's University Indigenous Gala.

Saint Mary's University acknowledges it is in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725.

The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

The Mi’kmaq Grand Council flag

The Mi’kmaq Grand Council flag flying in front of the McNally building with the Nova Scotian and Canadian flags

The Mi’kmaq Grand Council flag has a permanent home on the Saint Mary’s campus, along side the Canadian and provincial flags that fly in front of the McNally Building.

The flag-raising followed a special meeting between members of the Sɨkɨpne’katik (Shubenacadie) District Grand Council, Saint Mary’s senior executive and Board of Governors member Chief Bob Gloade on Aug 2, 2018. 

“To see our flag side-by-side with the Canadian and Nova Scotian flags, nation to nation, is very significant to us,” said Grand Chief Ron Knockwood, District Chief of the Mi'kmaq Grand Council, Sɨkɨpne’katik District. “It acknowledges our nation and our presence.”

Keptin Russell Julian, Grand Council member, Sɨkɨpne’katik District said the flag is a source of pride for the community, a welcoming sight for Indigenous students, and a way to spark conversations. “People will see it and maybe start asking questions – Why is it there? What is that flag for? It’s an opportunity to educate.”

“This is symbolic of our relationship moving forward, and the university’s commitment to fostering an environment that reflects and honours the cultures, histories and traditions of the Indigenous community,” said Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, Saint Mary's University President.