First aboriginal woman graduated from U of S a century ago

Global News

SASKATOON – A century ago, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) had its first female aboriginal graduate. Annie Maude (Nan) McKay is credited with paving the way for indigenous students.

While studying, she served as staff for The Sheaf, was a member of the Students Representative Council and was secretary of the campus YWCA. McKay graduated with a bachelor of arts in 1915 and was selected as one of the university’s “100 alumni of influence” in 2007.

On Wednesday, the university held its annual graduation powwow on campus in Saskatoon honouring the graduates of 2015. Over 360 U of S aboriginal students were honoured along with 304 high school students.

READ MORE: Aboriginal graduates at University of Saskatchewan increasing

Dancers, drummers and singers of all ages from across North America took part in the festivities.

“This culture is so very important, it’s the foundation of our strength as First…

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