Thea Cammie: An indelible sense of community
Kreuger’s classmate Cammie enrolled in the First Peoples Studies program because she wanted to learn more about her ancestry.
“Here in Newfoundland, I didn't have a lot of information,” she says. “I could speak to members of the community, and I learned a lot through them, but there’s so much more.”
Her grandfather, George Cammie, was adopted, and discovered late in life that his birth parents were Mi’kmaq. He helped others trace their families and played a role in establishing the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band in Newfoundland, which was officially recognized in 2011.
“Community was really important to him,” Cammie says.
Since starting her studies at Concordia, Cammie has returned to St. John’s every summer to work at the local Native Friendship Centre. This work contributed to her decision to pursue a second major in Early Childhood Education; after graduation, she is planning to gain experience as an educator at the centre’s new childcare facility.
First Peoples Studies provided a vital grounding, Cammie says.
“There’s just so much that people don’t know, and there are a lot of stereotypes. I think it is especially important for improving relations between indigenous and non-indigenous people.”