Feb 15, 2019

By Andy Johnson

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Hamilton’s McMaster University has become the second Canadian institution of higher learning in as many weeks to announce that its next chancellor will be Indigenous.

Santee Smith, an artist, dancer and choreographer from the Six Nations of the Grand River, will take over as the honorary head of the university in November.  She replaces Suzanne Labarge, who has held the position at McMaster for the past six years.

The announcement comes two weeks after the University of Lethbridge announced that it was appointing its first Indigenous chancellor in the school’s 52-year history.

Smith is a two-time McMaster graduate with degrees in physical education and psychology.  She also holds a master’s degree in dance from York University and is a graduate of the National Ballet School.

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