Staff, faculty, and researchers from the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS) recently joined the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation on National Indigenous Peoples Day.
Around 4000 people rallied together at the event to help plant the seeds of reconciliation and to honour survivors.
Bobbi-Jo Maggrah recently joined SENS as an Academic Programs Coordinator and was happy to see the school’s support for this important cause.
“It was great to get to attend the event with the SENS community,” said Maggrah. “Being a part of National Indigenous Peoples Day is always an honour and gives me great pride about my culture and where I come from.”
Maggrah grew up in La Ronge, Saskatchewan and is a proud member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. “Growing up in beautiful Northern Saskatchewan was a great cultural and educational experience,” she stated.
“I remember my late grandma saying to me as a young child that our people lived off the land and we must always take care of Mother Earth and respect her. Her teachings about the land and our Cree culture are something that I try to pass on to my children as much as I can,” she said.
Maggrah felt that SENS would be a great fit for her because of the school’s value for the land and for diversity.
She said, “Working for the School of Environment and Sustainability gives me a great connection with what I have learned from my culture. The school’s name speaks for itself in how it is greatly connected to respect for the land and the need to continue to move towards higher levels of sustaining our environment at home and globally.”