McMaster names Indigenous artist Santee Smith its next chancellor

McMaster University has become the second Canadian institution in as many weeks to announce that its next chancellor will be an Indigenous person.

The school says Santee Smith, an artist, dancer and choreographer from the nearby Six Nations of the Grand River, will take over as the honorary head of the university in November.

Smith hold two degrees at McMaster, one in physical education and another in psychology in addition to a master's degree in dance from Toronto's York University.

"To be in these positions that are perceived to be of power and prestige, I think it's important." - Santee Smith

"Recovering from two broken legs, she completed six years of training at Canada's National Ballet School, undertook theatre training and earned her McMaster degrees. She returned to dance in 1996 as a choreographer and dedicated six years to create and produce her first dance work, Kaha:wi, a family creation story," said a press release from McMaster. Read more. 

Source: CBC

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