The University of Regina has received a special honour.
A ceremony was held Monday morning to celebrate the university being honoured with an Eagle Staff by local First Nations.
The staff is a sacred symbol in Aboriginal culture and is typically presented to warriors and those held in high esteem.
U of R President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons says the staff is representative of the post-secondary institution to First Nations education.
“We have increased the number of Indigenous students on our campus since 2010 by 91%,” she says. “We formulated an Indigenous advisory circle, and they advised me on how to move forward and it was through their advice that we’re hanging the Treaty 4 flag.”
Timmons says the university is proud to represent students of all backgrounds.
“This university should reflect the community we live in, and in Saskatchewan, we have one of the highest percentage of Indigenous peoples.”
“Our university should reflect that.”