Algoma University announced its new Vice-President of Nyaagaaniid – Student Success and Anishinaabe Initiatives

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Mary Wabano-McKay

Algoma University is announcing it’s new Vice-President of Nyaagaaniid – Student Success and Anishinaabe Initiatives.

Mary Wabano-McKay brings over 20 years of academic leadership experience.

She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Carleton University and an Honours Bachelor of Social Work from Laurentian.

“I am excited to join the progressive team at Algoma University, a team with a strong forward vision for Anishinaabe leadership in higher education,” says Wabano-McKay. “I strongly believe that education is a vehicle in which to move us, as Indigenous people, toward positive lasting change in our communities and nations, to improve life outcomes for current and future generations.”

The position title of this newly created role, Nyaagaaniid, comes from the verb niigaanii (Ojibwe) meaning “to lead.”

Wabano-McKay will focus her leadership efforts on four key areas: student success, cultivating cross-cultural learning and teaching, the truth and legacy of the Shingwauk site and enhancing relationships and partnerships with the community.