TIMMINS, ON: Northern College will be hosting its third annual Indigenous Cultural Awareness Week from Monday, September 21 to Friday, September 25, 2015. The week will provide an opportunity for students, staff, faculty and members of the community to celebrate and showcase the richness of the local Indigenous cultures that Northern College is fortunate to be a part of.
Activities planned for the week across Northern’s four campuses include cultural teachings, arts and crafts workshops, traditional food preparation, live music and information sessions with community organizations. Awareness Week events are open to the general public.
“Since hosting our first Indigenous Cultural Week in 2013, these activities have quickly become an integral part of our annual student orientation process,” says Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “This week provides many opportunities for our students, staff and members of the public to come together and enhance their understanding of local Indigenous cultures. It also allows us to showcase our commitment to being the college of choice for Indigenous learners.”
This year marks the first cultural awareness week to use the term Indigenous in place of Aboriginal. This change is reflective of the college-wide adoption of the new terminology which took place in April of 2015. This change was guided by the college’s Indigenous Council on Education, which felt that the word Indigenous was the most positive and inclusive of all First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples.
Indigenous Cultural Awareness Week relates directly to one of the college’s four strategic directions, Indigenous Perspectives. Northern College is committed to holding meaningful dialogue and developing partnerships with Indigenous leaders, learners, communities and employers, and building on strong relationships that have already been established.
For a complete schedule of Indigenous Cultural Awareness Week events at each Northern College campus, visit their website at northernc.on.ca/icaw-2015/
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