Did you know NBCC has Aboriginal student gathering centres on some of our campuses? These centres are peaceful gathering places for Aboriginal students, located centrally on campus and a valuable resource for the student population to learn about Aboriginal people, culture and lifeways. The centres are safe, welcoming spaces for all students and we encourage all students to come by for a visit.
The Mawiomi Place, a gathering centre for Aboriginal students, is located at NBCC’s Miramichi Campus. The Mawiomi Place allows for a permanent gathering place, where students can develop friendships and receive guidance.
The Meaning of Mawiomi
“Mawiomi” is actually the word for “gathering.” As a result, Miramichi’s Mawiomi Place is a place of gathering and often used by many different committees. The centre in Miramichi is welcoming and beautiful. There you’ll find Constance Sewell, the Aboriginal Student Advisor for the campus. She spends her time between Student Services and the Mawiomi Place.
The Wabanaki Student Centre is a gathering place for Aboriginal students in Moncton.
The Meaning of Wabanaki
Wabanaki Student Centre is dedicated to expressing indigenous culture and history. The Wabanaki people are First Nations that are demographically located in the Eastern part of North America. Wabanaki also refers to the people of the dawn because they are the first to see the sun when it rises. The term is primarily known from the Wabanaki Confederacy, which is a traditional alliance to protect each other and an agreement of safe trade and travel. Wabanaki is a cultural and spiritual bond that grows from respect.
Saint John Campus
At the Saint John campus, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners alike can drop in, connect, study and relax in the Menahqesk Centre. The Wolastoqey word “Menahqesk”, meaning “the place of the sea taking the land”, is brought to life through a mural created by Robin Paul of Oromocto First Nation. Designed to help promote and preserve Aboriginal culture and history, the mural depicts Saint John's geography and integrates braided sweetgrass, traditionally picked by Aboriginal people in New Brunswick.
At the Woodstock campus students can drop in, connect, study and relax in the “Kilun” Lounge. “Kilun” is the Maliseet word for “All of us together”. A mural by artist Roche Sappier is made up of symbols representing the culture mix of the Upper Saint John River Valley. The Centre is a safe place of higher learning where possibilities are endless and all culture and peoples are welcome.
Fredericton and St. Andrews Campuses
Currently, the gathering centres for Aboriginal students at our Fredericton and St. Andrews campuses are under construction. These spaces will provide an enhanced educational experience that is culturally relevant and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal students while remaining welcoming to all students.