Carleton University’s School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies marked its 60th anniversary on February 6, 2017. Coinciding with Carleton’s 75th anniversary celebrations and the school’s recent name change, the event provided an opportunity for alumni, former faculty, current students and staff to reconnect.
Founded in 1957 as the Institute of Canadian Studies, the school offered the first master’s program at Carleton and has long been a hub for interdisciplinary research and teaching about Canada. Recognizing the importance of Indigenous studies to its academic mission, Carleton’s Board of Governors approved a request to change the school’s name in 2016. This fall, Carleton will launch a combined honours degree in Indigenous Studies.
With these exciting developments as a backdrop, the 60th anniversary celebration was a chance to reflect on the school’s history, its connections to the community and its bright future.
Invited speakers included Mohawk Elder and activist, Kahentinetha Horn (MA/97), former director of the school, François Rocher, Adjunct Prof. Victoria Angel (MA/98), and PhD student Charlotte Hoelke (MA/13). President Roseann O’Reilly Runte spoke about the school’s name change and offered best wishes for its continued success. Adjunct Prof. Jeff Ruhl (MA/08) was the emcee for the evening.
About Carleton’s 75th Anniversary
Carleton’s 75th anniversary in 2017 celebrates the university’s commitment to giving back through education while pursuing contributions to the common good. These founding values are at the heart of the university’s focus on research, community partnerships and teaching excellence. Carleton students, faculty, staff and alumni are motivated by a desire to make their world a better place. And as the university marks a major milestone in Canada’s 150th anniversary year, we are showcasing the innovation and creativity of our collaborations. Because what’s good for Carleton is good for Canada and the world. It’s been a tradition for 75 years.
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