December 17th, 2017

Blackfoot names awarded during Homecoming Week

By Schnarr, J.W. on September 3, 2017.

Herald photo by J.W. Schnarr
Five members of the University of Lethbridge community took part in a traditional Blackfoot naming ceremony in the Grove on the U of L grounds on Saturday as part of the ULeth 50th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend celebrations.

Ceremony part of 50th anniversary celebration

J.W. Schnarr

Lethbridge Herald

Five members of the University of Lethbridge community were given Blackfoot names as part of Homecoming Week during the university’s 50th anniversary.

The recipients of the honour include four U of L alumni.

Chancellor Janice Varzari, Board of Governors Chair Kurt Schlachter, longest-serving faculty member Dennis Connolly, Chancellor Emeritus Van Christou, and Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Andy Hakin were each honoured with a Blackfoot name after taking part in the traditional ceremony.

“Our relationship with the Blackfoot people extends to the very beginning of the U of L and is one that figures prominently in everything we do here at the University,” stated Mike Mahon, President and Vice-Chancellor, in a recent news release.

Mahon was bestowed the Blackfoot name “Iipisowahsi” – or Morning Star, meaning son of the sun and the moon, when he was inducted into the Kainai Chieftainship in 2012.

“That was a very significant ceremony for me, and I’m sure the distinguished group of individuals who will be granted their Blackfoot names this weekend see it as a great honour,”stated Mahon.

The naming ceremony was one of a number of Homecoming activities. planned for the weekend.

With three days of free events ranging from behind-the-scenes tours, hands-on workshops, speakers, live music, an open-air community fair, those returning to the U of L as well as newcomers will find plenty to do.

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