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You’re still a part of us’: First Nations House celebrates U of T’s Indigenous graduates – News@UofT

by ahnationtalk on July 15, 202025 Views

Not even a global pandemic could stop the University of Toronto’s First Nations House from carrying on its tradition of celebrating the university’s Indigenous graduates.

In a first for the St. George campus’s Indigenous hub, students and staff logged onto Zoom this week for an Indigenous graduation celebration to honour students who obtained degrees in law, social work and many other fields. The event followed U of T’s first-ever virtual convocation on June 2, when more than 15,000 students received their degrees in absentia.

While the online format presented First Nations House organizers with challenges, it also provided them with an opportunity to do a few things differently. That includes a musical performance by a Métis duo and a special message from U of T alumna Cindy Blackstock, a member of the Gitxsan First Nation, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and a McGill University professor.

“Even though things may feel a little uncertain in your own life, I want you to know there’s places in the world for each of your gifts,” said Blackstock in a recorded message for graduates.

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