UWinnipeg Awards Two More Truth And Reconciliation Scholarships

Shauna Fontaine

Shauna Fontaine

Ryan Sigmundson

Two descendants of residential schools survivors have been awarded the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Scholarship (TRC). Indigenous studies and history student Shauna Fontaine, and psychology student Ryan Sigmundson earned the scholarships. The scholarships recognize the important work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and honour students who are residential school survivors or descendants of residential school survivors.

Fontaine’s grandfather attended a residential school in Fort Alexander, MB. Effects on intergenerational survivors of residential schools needs to be recognized, expressed Fontaine. This scholarship helps bring awareness of the legacy of residential schools and the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Fontaine graduates this fall and is currently applying to graduate school. She wants to obtain a Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance at UWinnipeg. Anyone interested in Indigenous Studies should consider UWinnipeg, said Fontaine. Its the best place for diversity, flexibility and scholarship.

“This scholarship is a symbol of reconciliation and is important for the healing process, shared Sigmundson, whose great grandmother was a residential school survivor. This scholarship allows him to study without financial worry. Encouraged by his parents and motivated by learning, Sigmundson plans to continue his studies in psychology while doing research. UWinnipeg is a great environment, said Sigmundson. I am proud of the University’s commitment to accessibility, sustainability and downtown renewal.

In June 2010, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor, UWinnipeg, appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and announced the new scholarship. The TRC scholarships are awarded annually to two students and are worth $5,000 each. More than 12% of UWinnipeg’s student population is First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, making UWinnipeg one of the top universities in Canada for Indigenous participation.

The University of Winnipeg is located on Treaty One land, in the heart of the Metis Nation. Find out more about Indigenous-focused programs, services and supports at The University of Winnipeg at indigenous.uwinnipeg.ca ( http://indigenous.uwinnipeg.ca/ )

Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca

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