Faculty of Arts

Dean of Arts Margaret Macdonald meeting with indigenous alumni

Dean of Arts Dr. Margaret MacDonald (right) met on August 21 with Indigenous alumni, including, from left to right:

Isabelle Knockwood, a 1992 Anthropology graduate with an Honourary Doctorate from SMU, and is an Elder from the Sipekne'katik nation. She is the author of Out of the depthsThe experiences of Mi'kmaw children at the Indian Residential School at Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, and is herself a residential school survivor.

Sherry Pictou (Bear River nation, and a former Chief of the nation) is a SMU 1990 graduate, and a Dalhousie Interdisciplinary PhD candidate with research focused on small scale fishing livelihoods. Sherry has worked for several First Nations.

Jarvis Googoo (We'koqma'q nation) is SMU cum laude 2005, Dal Law 2008, and a Health Policy Analyst with the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat.

Also pictured (front row, centre left) is Dr. Val Marie Johnson (Department of Sociology and Criminology), and Prof. Sandra Muse Isaacs (centre right) who recently joined the Department of English as an expert in Indigenous literature.

As we head into a new academic year, we are excited to make use of the suggestions and insights of our Indigenous faculty and alumni, to ensure our commitment to Indigenous education is reflected in the experiences of students and staff.


A New Vision

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to present our new Vision Statement—a succinct reflection of the principles and values that we are committed to upholding. Click the cover below, or click here for a PDF version.

Arts Vision Statement Cover


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