Lethbridge College Honouring Indigenous Grads With Special Buffalo Stole

The new stole is pictured. Photo credit to Lethbridge College

This year, 129 Indigenous students will receive degrees, diplomas or certificates from Lethbridge College.

Indigenous students graduating from Lethbridge College are being honoured with a custom stole.

From now on, every First Nations student at the College who crosses the stage for graduation, will do so with a special symbol wrapped around their shoulders.

In the past, the local post-secondary institution had presented Indigenous convocates with a traditional eagle feather, however a decision was made to switch to a stole instead featuring a buffalo design.

Marcia Black Water, the College's Indigenous Services Coordinator says the image alludes to the significance the buffalo has to the Blackfoot people and highlights aspects of traditional territory. "As our Indigenous students take their walk across the stage, they carry generations of perseverance with them through their cultural ways of knowing. The buffalo stole will represent the passing of knowledge they have achieved.”

This year, 129 Indigenous students will receive degrees, diplomas or certificates from Lethbridge College. Those students were recognized during Indigenous Honour Night on Tuesday evening at the college.

The new stole will be worn for the first time at Friday's (Apr. 26) convocation.

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