by Richard Perry - St. F.X.


IWCL participants and Coady staff gather in front of a teepee provided by Kerry Prosper, councillor at Paqtnkek First Nation near Antigonish.

You could tell something unique was underway on the StFX campus in Antigonish on August 26th. As a Mi’kmaq teepee stood tall in front of the Coady Institute, 12 young Indigenous women from across Canada were crossing the stage to receive their certificates, a StFX pin and a gift of sweet grass.

They were the first to graduate from the inaugural Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program, funded by Imperial Oil Foundation and ExxonMobil Foundation. Two are from this region: Rose Julian of Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation and Karri-Lynn Paul of Woodstock First Nation. Participants spent three weeks on campus in the spring, followed by three-month community placements over the summer, ...

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