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Nisuhsane Program: Connecting With Indigenous Students New to UNB

Author: Matthew MacLean

Posted on Apr 8, 2019

Category: Athletics Recreation and Wellness

Upper-year students (both indigenous and non-indigenous), with an interest in developing reciprocal and meaningful connections with Indigenous students new to UNB, are invited to participate in a new program starting in the fall of 2019.

Program Description

The Nisuhsane (a Wolastoqey word meaning “let us walk together in respect and harmony”) program connects new to UNB Indigenous students with upper-year students (both indigenous and non-indigenous) individually or in small groups to share and benefit from each other's experience.

Nisuhsane is rooted in respect, humility and mutual exchange.

As an upper-year student, you can help students new to UNB navigate the university system and discover other points of connection and interest on campus and in the greater Fredericton community.

Non-indigenous participants will gain perspective on current and historical indigenous issues and culture, including the Truth and Reconciliation process.

All participants will grow through friendship, intercultural dialogue and the sharing of knowledge and experience.

Who Should Participate

Any upper-year (year 2+) student with an open-heart and desire to meet and learn from others is invited to participate in this program.

You do not have to have an exemplary academic record to participate.


You would participate in weekly or bi-weekly individual or small group meetings, as well as attend monthly large group events. In addition, you would be required to attend an orientation session either during the summer or early in the fall semester.


Orientation topics will include:
-    Effective communication
-    Ethical behavior
-    Growth and strength-based mindset
-    Truth and Reconciliation
-    Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqey language
-    Cross-cultural dialogue and allyship (for non-indigenous students)

Application Procedure

1. Send a short message describing your interest in this program to
2. Ask a UNB faculty or staff member (professor, staff member, advisor, residence life coordinator, coach, etc) to endorse your participation by having her/him send an e-mail mentioning your name to


Category: Athletics Recreation and Wellness

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