Saint Mary’s University announces new Indigenous advisory council

Saint Mary’s University is pleased to announce the creation of the President’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Affairs.  

“As an institution, we are committed to advancing support for Indigenous students, and strengthening connections to the community,” said Saint Mary’s University President Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray.  “The advice and guidance of the council will be a great resource for the university.”

The following is a list of the members of the President’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Affairs:

  • Chief Bob Gloade, BComm’93, Chief of the Millbrook First Nation (and member of the Saint Mary’s University Board of Governors);

  • Dr. Donald Julien, DCL ’17, the Executive Director of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq;

  • Pamela Glode-Desrochers, Executive Director of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre;

  • Jarvis Googoo, BA’05, the Director of Health for the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs Secretariat and a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society; and

  • Ann Sylliboy, the Post-secondary Consultant for Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewe.

The appointment of the advisory council marks another stage in Saint Mary’s commitment to reconciliation and the university’s response to the federal report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The council provides an external viewpoint for Indigenous supports on campus, and Indigenous issues facing the post-secondary sector. The council will provide a place for dialogue, insight and engagement for the president from members of Nova Scotia’s Indigenous communities and will meet periodically throughout the year.