Myrna KicknoswayThe University of Windsor will confer an honorary doctorate on Elder Myrna Kicknosway during spring Convocation.

Bodawatomi/Odawa Anishinaabe Kwe Elder to receive honorary doctorate at spring Convocation

Myrna Kicknosway, elder-in-residence for Windsor Law, will receive an honorary doctorate during the University of Windsor’s spring Convocation ceremonies.

Kicknosway is a Bodawatomi/Odawa Anishinaabe Kwe of the Loon Clan and originates from Bkejwanong Territory - Walpole Island First Nation. She is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Dean of law Reem Bahdi describes Kicknosway as a teacher within the Faculty of Law since first becoming its elder-in-residence in 2017.

“Elder Myrna has enriched the lives of everyone at Windsor Law,” Prof. Bahdi said. “She has been a teacher to all of us in multiple ways, including helping us develop our Indigenous Legal Orders course.”

In addition to her work at Windsor Law, Kicknosway has been requested to share her knowledge University-wide over the years, contributing to the Indigenous aspects of UWindsor’s Convocation ceremonies and other important events and initiatives.

“The campus community has a lot of confidence in Elder Myrna’s Indigenous knowledge,” said Beverly Jacobs, senior advisor to the president on Indigenous relations and outreach. “She has guided many faculties, committees, senior offices, and governing bodies to ensure things are done in a kind and respectful manner.”

Dr. Jacobs says that in stressful times, Kicknosway has been a healing force.

“She has made herself available to facilitate Healing Circles with faculty and staff and has given guidance as to how to take care of one’s self in trying times. Her knowledge is respected and very welcomed.”
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