Hon. Graydon Nicholas Speech from Feast Event Featured Online
St. Jerome’s University is pleased to release a video of The Honourable Graydon Nicholas, speaking on the importance of Catholic universities in the ongoing work of truth and reconciliation with Indigenous people in Canada. The recording took place as part of the Feast of St. Jerome, the university’s annual student bursary fundraiser held last fall. Nicholas, who is a member of the Order of Canada, and current Endowed Chair of Native Studies at St. Thomas University, offered his own reflections in a speech recorded for the event, which is now available on the university’s website.
“There has been such a strong response to his Honour’s speech at the Feast event that, with his approval, we are making it more broadly available to our community,” noted SJU President and Vice Chancellor, Peter Meehan. “His insights into the role of universities, and in particular the special role for Catholic universities in reconciliation with Indigenous people, provided a pause for reflection, during a time when so much change is going on in the world. We are pleased to be able to support and share this important message.”
Historically, the Feast event is held on the university’s campus with a liturgy, reception, dinner, special guest speaker, and presentation of the John R. Sweeney Award, the University’s highest honour recognizing Catholic Leadership. The university moved to an online format in 2021, due to pandemic gathering restrictions. Nicholas’s message was recorded for the event, which raised $50,000 for first-year student entrance scholarships.
“There is no doubt that the Honourable Graydon Nicholas was an important part of the success of our 20th Anniversary Feast event,” added Meehan. “As a committed Indigenous advocate and a person of deep Christian faith, he is a wise mentor for us to learn from and to help guide us through the truth and reconciliation process.”
Click here to go directly to the website page featuring the video.