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Sign of the times: LU has trilingual signs on campus

English, French and Anishinaabemowin seen across campus

Anishinaabemowin speakers have given Laurentian University a new look over the summer, translating the new trilingual signs throughout campus. Starting this semester, all members of our community will be greeted by signs in English, French, and Anishinaabemowin, the language of the land which Laurentian is situated.

Dr. Mary Anne Corbiere contributed to the project as part of her efforts in keeping Anishinaabemowin strong over the past 25 years. As a faculty member in the Indigenous Studies program at the University of Sudbury, she continues to be a linchpin for revitalizing the language.
The Laurentian University community works to honour the Robinson-Huron Treaty, the 169-year-old agreement which lays out the relationship between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of this land. LU is on Anishinaabe territory, particularly of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. The university also pay respects to Wahnapitae First Nation.
The change in signage is part of the Imagine 2023 Strategic Plan, which aims to make the university the school of choice for northern, francophone, and Indigenous students from across the world.

“With Laurentian University sitting on Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Territory, I am ecstatic to know that the history and language of the Anishinawbek people is being recognized throughout the university through trilingual signs.” — Valerie Richer, Chief of Atikameksheng Anishinawbek

“We are proud of our new signage. Our tricultural mandate is always top of mind, and appropriately representing this across our campus is an important step. Promoting engagement with and learning of Anishinaabemowin is a priority identified in our strategic plan and I look forward to our continuing support of this.” — Dr. Robert Haché, president and vice-Chancellor of Laurentian University

“It is uplifting for our First Nation to see the Anishnaabemowin language recognized and used at Laurentian University. I have not only received positive comments from our members at Wahnapitae First Nation, but also from other First Nations as well.“ — Larry Roque, Chief of Wahnapitae First Nation

About Laurentian University

Laurentian University is located on the territory of the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850, and recognizes its placement on the traditional lands of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and Wahnapitae First Nations. Laurentian is committed to strengthening the foundation of knowledge in higher education and research to offer an outstanding university experience in English and French with a comprehensive approach to Indigenous education. Together with its federated partners, Laurentian University prepares leaders who bring innovative and intelligent solutions to local and global issues.


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