On Saturday, May 12, twenty-five CBU graduates from seven First Nation communities across the province celebrated their academic accomplishments at a banquet held at Membertou Trade and Convention Centre.

The annual graduation banquet, hosted by the Mi’kmaw Student Association, with presenting sponsors Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey and the Unama’ki College of Cape Breton University, honoured individuals from the communities of Membertou, Potlotek, Wagmatcook, Whycocomagh, Eskasoni, Indian Brook and Millbrook.

In the past year, more than 400 First Nation students were enrolled in a post secondary education institution. This spring, more than 100 First Nation students will graduate from either a Nova Scotian university or college. Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey is the education authority for 11 First Nation member communities across Nova Scotia.

“First Nation students are going out into the world, confidently expanding their personal horizons and ready to make a change in their communities, and these numbers are only rising,” says Eleanor Bernard, Executive Director at Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey. “Today is an incredible accomplishment not only for the students, but also their families, friends and communities. We’re very proud.”

Unama’ki College of Cape Breton University affirms the educational goals set by the Mi’kmaw communities and strives to meet the needs of Mi’kmaw as well as other First Nations and Aboriginal students attending CB ...

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