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Date: September 16, 2004

UVic Plans First Celebration of Aboriginal Alumni

The University of Victoria—in partnership with the UVic Alumni Association and Aboriginal faculty, staff and students—will host the first “Celebration of Aboriginal Alumni” on October 7. It begins at 5 p.m. at Mungo Martin House, in Thunderbird Park (next to the Royal BC Museum).

The event will launch a new chapter of the alumni association specifically for the university’s Aboriginal graduates. The chapter will support Aboriginal alumni and students and promote higher education in Aboriginal communities.

The new chapter follows the university’s strategic objective to increase the number of First Nations graduates across all faculties and to strengthen UVic’s relationships with Aboriginal Peoples.

UVic Alumni Association President Doug Johnson hosts the event with celebration guest speakers that will include:

_ Chief Kim Recalma-Clutesi of the Kwaguilth/Pentlatch, Qualicum Band;
_ Prof. Jacquie Green (Haisla Nation), a UVic Public Administration alumna;
_ Prof. Robina Thomas (Lyackson/Coast Salish), a Master’s of Social Work alumna;
_ Kevin Paul, the WSÀ, NEC (Saanich) UVic Writing program grad and winner of the 2004 B.C. Book Prize for poetry.

There will be an open floor for remarks from those in attendance followed by closing words from UVic Faculty of Human and Social Development Aboriginal Student Advisor Roger John, MA ’04 (St'at'imc/Interior Salish) and UVic Aboriginal Liaison Officer Bill White, BA ’91 (Nanaimo-Cowichan/Coast Salish).

Registration is available on-line (http://alumni.uvic.ca/events) or by phone: 250-721-6000 (toll free: 1-800-808-6828).

Media contacts:
Karen Whyte, (Manager, Alumni Programs, University of Victoria), (250) 721-7315 or kwhyte@uvic.ca

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