Virtual Scarf ceremony celebrates Indigenous graduates, honours victims of Residential Schools – McGill Reporter

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Virtual Scarf ceremony celebrates Indigenous graduates, honours victims of Residential Schools – McGill Reporter

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June 10, 2021

“It was a beautiful, eloquent day”

Today’s Virtual Scarf Conferral Ceremony was a joyous celebration of the 60 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students who have completed certificates and degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, from across McGill’s Schools and Faculties.

Graduating students each received ceremonial scarves. Created by Kahnawake-based designer Tammy Beauvais the scarves incorporate symbols important to Indigenous cultures. Red scarves are offered to degree recipients and white ones to diploma and certificate recipients.

“I asked The Creator to spread his energy in the scarf that you will get, to rub his energy in the scarf. When you hang it around your neck it will be rooted in your heart, in your spirit, in your mind,” said Elder Charlie Patton to open the event. “And, as you carry that scarf, that spiritual scarf, in everything you do The Creator will walk with you. And we ask Him to always make sure that in your journey and in your future there are no roots to trip you up, and that you will always have a good mind, good heart, good spirit.”

Read More: https://reporter.mcgill.ca/virtual-scarf-ceremony-celebrates-indigenous-graduates-honours-victims-of-residential-schools/

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