Queen's University Convocation June 12, 2019

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Blanketing Ceremony

To honour and distinguish the Indigenous graduating student, a blanket is unfurled and wrapped around the graduate. 

 

Every year, Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre (FDISC), on behalf of the University, the Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University (ACQU) and the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, presents graduating Indigenous Students with special gifts during their convocation ceremonies.

In honour of their accomplishments as Indigenous graduates of Queen’s University they are gifted with a Creation Turtle Pendleton Blanket, a Metis Sash a drum or a feather fan.

The Creation Turtle blanket was selected because the turtle plays a role in many Indigenous creatures, representing Mother Earth/Turtle Island. Following convocation, the Indigenous graduates are invited back to FDISC to put their handprint on the canvas wall hangings, along with their name, program, year of graduation and community, leaving their mark on Queen’s in perpetuity.

“As a graduate of ATEP 2013, I felt very honoured to receive a blanket at convocation. To be recognized as an Anishinaabe at such a formal event.  It felt good to be recognized as an Anishnaabe graduate. I felt so honoured, it made me cry. Miigwetch and keep this tradition going. It will assist Anishaabe people to be proud graduates of the future. Miigwetch” - Tracy Kabatay, Seine River First Nation, ATEP Graduate (Dip.Ed. 2012)

From Convocation Program, Queen’s University at Kingston