Welcome from the Honourable Graydon Nicholas, Chancellor of St. Thomas University and Endowed Chair in Native Studies

"I’m excited to share this website. I hope it will help students and the ҹav community as we work through underlying issues between the University and the First Nations people of the Maritimes and beyond.


The site is a joint effort by members of the Senate Committee on Reconciliation. We hope that you will be able to use this information to learn about policies that First Nations had to face by colonial governments, both provincial governments and federal governments. In addition to outlining these important issues, the site includes a calendar of events and times for celebration. Information will be updated as the year progresses and we have more to share.


It also provides information on the resources available to Indigenous students through the Wabanaki Student Centre. This includes specific services as well as the personal support for people who may need someone to spend time with them and to celebrate significant moments in their lives and their communities.


We hope you will see this site and our activities at ҹav as an invitation to participate—virtually or in person—in celebrations of Indigenous people.


I wish everyone the best as they make use of the site. My personal motto has always been that education leads to liberation, education leads to opportunities, education motivates each of us to make the world a better place, not just for us but for others and for the future."


Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is a national movement in Canada for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to come together in the spirit of hope and reconciliation to honour former residential school students whose families and communities have been impacted by the policies and actions of the Government of Canada and churches that operated the schools.


Land Acknowledgement

The land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Wəlastəkewiyik / Maliseet whose ancestors along with the Mi’Kmaq / Mi’kmaw and Passamaquoddy / Peskotomuhkati Tribes / Nations signed Peace and Friendship Treaties with the British Crown in the 1700s. 

Calendar of Indigenous Observances

Browse the list of important dates and learn more about the significance of each observance.

Campus Events

A list of recent on-campus events, including our film series, the REDress project, and Eagle Feather Ceremony.

Indigenous Honorary Degree Recipients

A history of ҹav's Indigenous Honorary Degree recipients dating back to 1983.

Senate Committee on Reconciliation

Learn more about the work, responsibilities, and members of our Senate Committee on Reconciliation.

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Indigenous Student Services

Our Indigenous Student Services team is here to help you thrive on campus.