Georgian acknowledges campus built on traditional Anishnaabeg land at Indigenous plaque unveiling

November 16, 2016

Georgian College unveiled a new plaque on campus this month that acknowledges that the college is built on traditional Anishnaabeg land. The plaque further announces the school’s dedication to honouring Indigenous history and culture and moving forward in a spirit of reconciliation alongside First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people. “Georgian wants to be part of the nationwide effort to restore trust between Indigenous peoples and public institutions—and we think that effort begins right here on our campuses,” commented Georgian President MaryLynn West-Moynes. “There’s a long way to go, but the college has demonstrated consistently its commitment,” commented Anishnaabe Education and Training Circle representative Kevin Wassegijig, who is also a Georgian governor and chairman. “That’s what led to my involvement with Georgian because it is embedded throughout this institution. It’s not something set off to the side, not something we just do just once in a while. It’s an important part of the fabric of the college.” Barrie Examiner | Georgian