In his Open Letter dated May 29, 2012, President Mahon has committed to upholding the historic prominance of Blackfoot and other First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) peoples at the University of Lethbridge.
"We will place greater focus on recruiting and retaining Blackfoot and other First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students, the fastest growing young adult population in Canada. However, enrolment is not the only reason to focus on this population. Creating opportunity and an inclusive campus environment for all students is simply the right thing to do."
Dr.Leroy Little Bear, Distinguished Niitsitapi Scholar, Advisor to the President, Professor Emeritus, Distinguished Alumnus, Honorary Degree Recipient
Report to the President
In the summer of 2011, President Mahon asked Leroy Little Bear, Jane O'Dea, and Roy Weasel Fat to examine First Nations Metis and Inuit (FNMI) initiatives across the campus and present their recommendations on a future strategy.
After thorough consultation, they have submitted their recommendations in the "Report to the President: FNMI Centre".
On March 20, 2012, a Band Council Resolution from the Blood Tribe was established in support of a proposed Niitsitapi Gathering place.
Aboriginal Education Committee
In the spring of 2013, the inaugural meeting of the GFC Aboriginal Education Committee was held. Governed by the Aboriginal Education Policy, this committee was established as a result of the "Report to the President: FNMI Centre".
The work of the Aboriginal Education Committee is located on our governance website. This includes the establishment of the Blackfoot and First Nations Metis and Inuit Protocol Handbook.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Red Crow Community College
In June 2014, the University of Lethbridge Board of Governors were pleased to visit Red Crow Community College to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to encourage deeper collaboration amongst our post secondary institutions for the benefit of our students, faculty, and staff.
Iikaisskini (Low Horn) Gathering Place
On December 4, 2014, the University of Lethbridge was pleased to officially open and name the new FNMI gathering place as recommended in the Report to the President. Named after Dr. Leroy Little Bear, Iikaisskini or "Low Horn" is a special place for the University of Lethbridge and a tie to Blackfoot and other FNMI communities.
Further information on First Nations Metis and Inuit Education at the University of Lethbridge can be found at http://www.uleth.ca/first-nations-metis-inuit/