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May 23June 6 Native students graduate at convocation in Kahnawake



A graduation ceremony was held last Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Kahnawake, on the South Shore, to celebrate 16 aboriginal students’ completion of the Certificate in Community Service, a 30-credit program offered by the Department of Applied Human Sciences.

The ceremony rounded out a unique collaboration between Concordia and Kahnawake Shakotiia’takehnhas Community Services to offer university-accredited courses in Kahnawake to aboriginal community workers.

This year’s graduating class included 14 students from the Kahnawake community, and two from Kanesatake. A first group of students completed the program in 1999. Most of the graduates already work in community service, some with youth, some with parenting groups and others with adult-care programs. Others enrolled to enhance their employment opportunities.

While this particular collaboration draws to a close, Concordia’s Department of Applied Human Sciences is currently running a Family Life Education program in the Cree community of Chisasibi in northern Quebec. Concordia professors fly up to the remote community to lead the courses, which usually take place over a five-day period.