Dreamcatcher’s Round Dance honours university’s Indigenous graduates

October 21, 2019 | Society, Arts & Culture, Campus Life

In the spirit of celebration, MacEwan University’s second annual Dreamcatcher’s Round Dance brought together hundreds of staff, faculty, students, graduates and community members to honour our graduates.

MacEwan’s Indigenous Knowledge Keeper Roxanne Tootoosis opened the event, and Acting President John McGrath brought greetings on behalf of the university.

“I know tonight will be a powerful evening of celebration and an opportunity to recognize the achievements of our graduates – something we are always proud and excited to do,” said John.

Four Indigenous MacEwan graduates received special recognition: Addison Krueger for academic excellence, Mackenzie Brown for connection to culture, Chase Soosay for connection to community and Cheyenne Mikho Kihêw for resilience. Each recipient was gifted one of the university’s Pendleton blankets and received a certificate marking their accomplishments.

“We are incredibly proud of our students and appreciate how our communities come together collectively to celebrate successes,” says Terri Suntjens, kâ-nêkânêstahk iyiniw pamihtamowina – director of Indigenous initiatives. “I loved the visiting that took place, the dancing, laughter, smiles, hugs and tears. These cultural events are important because they lift our spirits and bring us joy in different ways that are meaningful for many.”

The university is grateful to Hal Eagletail for emceeing the event, ceremonial Stickmen Lyle Tootoosis and Monty Sunchild who selected lead singers throughout the evening, and to the Round Dance’s drum group, Poundmaker.

Coming together to honour our graduates.
Poundmaker Drum Group
Round Dance attendees circle Poundmaker Drum Group.
MacEwan alum Addison Krueger (centre) was recognized for academic excellence.
MacEwan alum Cheyenne Mikho Kihêw (centre) was recognized for resilience.

MacEwan alum Chase Soosay (wearing his MacEwan hoodie) was recognized for connection to community.
MacEwan’s Indigenous Knowledge Keeper Roxanne Tootoosis (centre) dances with staff, faculty and students.


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