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PEETIGWAY GREETING TERM–Peetigway (pea-te-gway, with emphasis on 2nd syllable) is a Michif word meaning: Come In

NEWSLETTER • FALL 2013

Representatives from Laurier join in the festivities at the 10th Annual Traditional Pow Wow on September 28th at St. Paul’s University College

Celebrating 10 years of community A cast of hawks circled the sky as the grand entry of the 10th Annual Traditional Pow Wow was concluding at St. Paul’s University College on the University of Waterloo campus Saturday September 28th, 2013. In 2004 Jean Becker and Melissa Ireland, now with Laurier’s Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, were at the University of Waterloo. Jean was the UW Aboriginal Coordinator and Melissa was a student and Jean’s assistant. In 2004 the Kitchener pow wow at the Aud was a fond memory, and with the exception of the Weejeendimin

Spring and Fall feasts, there was a dearth of Aboriginal cultural activities in KW. St. Paul’s at UW had a great space perfectly suited for a pow wow, an ideal gathering to connect the local Aboriginal and university communities. Without a checklist to guide them through the machinations of planning a large event, Melissa and Jean organized the first pow wow that we all enjoy today. Over the years many Laurier staff, faculty and students have taken part in a variety of ways. Jean continues to participate annually as the elder at the pow wow.

“It was great to see it continue after ten years, bringing campuses and local community together to celebrate and get involved.” MELISSA IRELAND

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WELCOME TO OUR PREMIERE ISSUE!

In this newsletter, published four times a year, we will share news about people, ideas, and activities at Laurier’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Every issue will feature a greeting term from a different Aboriginal culture. This issue the word is: Peetigway. We invite you to suggest a welcome or greeting term to be featured in future issues. INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Richard Wagamese..................................2 Professor profiles.....................................3 Community engagement........................3 Community outreach..............................4 Our staff....................................................4 Student centre.........................................5 Language fact...........................................5 Haudenosaunee Journey.........................6 Student success stories...........................8


Laurier Aboriginal Newsletter Fall 2013