First Nations, Métis, Inuit Initiatives at St. Mary’s University

Mission Statement

St Mary’s University recognizes, respects and celebrates the unique history and cultures of all of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) people. We appreciate that the land on which the university sits is traditional Blackfoot territory. We strive to support all FNMI students through community partnerships, celebrations of rich heritage and cultural practices, and provision of an inclusive learning environment.

FNMI Advisory Council

The roles of the FNMI Advisory Council are to:

  • Provide advice and assistance to FNMI strategies and activities
  • Assist in developing FNMI plans
  • Identify potential financial support
  • Support and promote the FNMI Plan
  • Promote the program to prospective FNMI students and potential donors
  • Ensure FNMI program continues to meet the needs of our FNMI partners

Elders on Campus

Edmee Comstock, Métis Elder
Casey Eagle Speaker, Blackfoot Elder

Our Elders on Campus program welcomes Casey Eagle Speaker and Edmee Comstock to our campus for an afternoon each week. They are honoured to meet with students, faculty and staff to share their cultural and spiritual ways of knowing. To inquire about hours and to book an appointment, contact Michelle: michelle.scott@stmu.ca or (403) 254-3133

Scholars on Campus

The purpose of the FNMI Scholars-on-Campus program is to offer Indigenous scholarship and knowledge in a culturally safe, relevant and educational manner to the students, faculty and staff at St. Mary’s. Framed in the context of a respectful dialogue, the 2014-2015 Scholars-on-Campus program seeks to respond to current events and discourses and to the colonial history that has shaped our contemporary world. The goal of such an exchange is to promote understanding, respect, and reciprocity.

We are All Treaty People

This series of speakers and events was inspired by and responds to the Making Treaty 7 production that premiered Sept. 2014 at Heritage Park, Calgary and the proclamation by Mayor Nenshi that 2014-15 be a Year of Reconciliation for the City of Calgary. “We really are all treaty people,” said Executive and Creative Producer Michael Green. “All cultures are expressed through their connection to ‘place.’ Making Treaty 7 is the story of the land we live on, that we cultivate, harvest and build our cities on. It is also the story of who each of us are, where we came from, and why we are here today. Looking forward, it is the story of how we hope to live here together in the future.”(Heritage Park website). The importance of place has been recognized by the Social Justice Committee at St. Mary’s that has announced this year’s university-wide social justice focus to be “land.”

Director of Indigenous Initiatives

Michelle_scottA little about our Director of Indigenous Initiatives: Michelle has always strongly identified with her First Nations ancestry. Growing up in central Newfoundland, her father learned to hunt and work the trap lines with his Mi’kmaq grandfather. Honouring the rich and culturally vibrant Blackfoot territory where St Mary’s University sits, and where she now calls home, Michelle is excited to welcome First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners to the campus as the FNMI office grows our services and supports. Michelle is in the Administration Building on the main floor, Rm A107, her office is always open to all students, staff and faculty. Michelle.scott@stmu.ca (403) 254-3133