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08 November 2023
It’s convocation season here at SAIT. As we continue on our path of truth and reconciliation, one of the steps we’ve taken is holding a ceremony steeped in Indigenous cultures and traditions to honour our First Nations, Métis and Inuit graduates. This is an opportunity for our Indigenous community to come together in celebration of their successes with friends and family.
The grand entry
A tradition in Indigenous celebrations, the grand entry procession is led by Indigenous drummers with graduates and volunteers carrying flags from the Treaty 7 nations, Métis nation, Nunavut, Canada, Alberta and SAIT, as well as the Survivors’ Flag.
The role of flag bearer is held in high regard by graduates as the future leaders of their communities. They take immense pride in representing their nations and making their presence known as they carry the flags during a grand entry song to bless the space as sacred and ceremonial.
A Treaty 7 Elder, Métis Elder and Inuk Elder will offer opening remarks to share knowledge and words of encouragement as graduates prepare for a new journey ahead, and to highlight the impact of education on Indigenous communities. It’s important for children in attendance to see members of their family and community celebrating these successes ― to be able to look at them as role models and to see their own potential.