ULethbridge EleV Navigator Team receives Blackfoot name: Iiksitawapa Akakatsiyiwa

May 12, 2022
The University of Lethbridge has announced that its EleV Navigator Team has received a new name in Blackfoot: Iiksitawapa Akakatsiyiwa (Going All Out Society). The name was bestowed by Blackfoot Elder Francis First Charger at a naming ceremony to welcome and honour the team and start them forward in a good way. The ceremony included an offer of prayers with a pipe, a praise song, and a celebratory feast. “Receiving a Blackfoot name is a great honour, and also bears a great responsibility,” said ULethbridge manager of strategic Indigenous learning initiatives Shanda Webber. “Every name has a meaning. Every name has a story. … I know the navigator team will hold our new name in high regard and honour our role in community.” ULethbridge (AB)