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Celebrating Indigenous Graduates

Developmental Studies Indigenous Cohort Graduation Dinner


May 1st, 2024


The University of Winnipeg honoured the First Indigenous Cohort for Developmental Studies at their graduation dinner. This cohort has played a significant role in shaping the TOYBOX Project, fostering community engagement, and enriching learning strategies. Through their efforts, the project has expanded its reach, hosting events that resonate with First Nations communities. 

The evening commenced with a powerful opening ceremony featuring the Mishkode Bizhiki Anishinaabek (Bison People), a women's drum group whose beats filled the space with cultural pride. Following this, Grandmother Mary Maytwayashing and knowledge keeper Ken Paupanekis offered an opening prayer, spreading blessings upon the gathering.


The event was marked by heartfelt speeches from esteemed guests like Grand Chief Cathy Merrick, University President Todd Mondor, Minister of Advanced Education Renée Cable, Deans of Education Laurie-Ann Hellsten and Lesley Eblie-Trudel, and Director of Developmental Studies Sheri-Lynn Skwarchuk. Their words underscored the significance of this milestone for both the graduates and Indigenous education. 



TOYBOX extends its congratulations to the graduates and gratitude to their supporters. We also send our best wishes to the continuing students and look forward to celebrating with you in the future. We hope to continue our collaboration with this remarkable cohort and their communities. 


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