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Elder’s dismissal by University of Alberta a setback for reconciliation, says Treaty 6 Grand Chief – CBC

by ahnationtalk on April 12, 201849 Views

Elder Marilyn Buffalo was offered a 2-year contract and then dismissed a month later

Apr 12, 2018

A former commissioner with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission says the University of Alberta took a step backwards on the road to reconciliation when it suddenly dismissed a prominent Elder.

Wilton Littlechild, who is now Grand Chief of Treaty 6, said he was “very concerned” with how the university treated Elder Marilyn Buffalo, 68, who was let go six days before her contract expired in late February, less than a month after being offered a two-year extension.

Buffalo helped lay the groundwork for the university’s Faculty of Native Studies in the late 1970s.

“It really sets us back in terms of advancing reconciliation through the highest level of the University of Alberta,” said Littlechild.

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