BrandonU receives sacred Eagle Staff, announces Indigenous course requirement


Brandon University has received a sacred Eagle Staff (migizii mitik) to use during ceremonies and celebrations such as Convocation. The Eagle Staff was handcrafted out of tamarack, deer leather, and river otter fur by former student William Mousseau, an Anishanaabek artisan from Ebb and Flow First Nation. It features a traditional medicine wheel with a style that is inclusive of other Indigenous traditions; a bald eagle feather for each faculty at BrandonU; a medicine bag filled with tobacco, sage, and cedar and sweet grass; and other elements of spiritual significance. BrandonU has also announced that it will embed mandatory Indigenous courses into its curriculum. Starting this Fall semester, all undergraduate students will be required to complete at least three credit hours of Indigenous content before graduation.

Brandon Sun | BrandonU