One of the more iconic events of Homecoming Weekend was the traditional Blackfoot Naming ceremony that saw five esteemed members of the University of Lethbridge community receive Blackfoot names.
A decades-long custom, the naming ceremony recognizes and celebrates the relationship between the University of Lethbridge and the Blackfoot Nation. Located in Treaty 7, the heart of traditional Blackfoot Territory, the U of L has enjoyed a deep and meaningful relationship with the Blackfoot people since its inception in 1967.
The latest memers of the U of L community to be honoured with traditional Blackfoot names are: Chancellor Janice Varzari (BN ’90, MEd ’02), Board of Governors Chair Kurt Schlachter (BSc ’00), longest-serving faculty member Dr. Dennis Connolly (LLD '17), Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Van Christou (LLD '84) and Provost & Vice-President (Academic) Dr. Andy Hakin.
Following are the traditional Blackfoot names bestowed upon the honorees.
Andrew Hakin, Provost & Vice-President (Academic) - Iinniowmoowakima – Herding the Buffalo
Kurt Schlachter, Chair, Board of Governors - Stamiksiiitoohkitapoyii- Bull Buffalo Standing on the Hill
Janice Varzari, Chancellor - Oohskwiikkitstakaakii – Blue Offering Woman
Dennis Connolly, Professor - Itiiomaahkaa – Long Journey
Van Christou, Chancellor Emeritus - Iinniowdoomoowa– Buffalo Leader