TIMMINS, ON: Northern College will be holding its first Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Week across all of its campuses from Monday, September 23rd to Friday, September 27th, 2013.
The week will be an opportunity for staff and students to share in Aboriginal culture, traditions, teachings, and activities. It is anticipated that Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Week will become an annual event.
“Aboriginal peoples and their perspectives are a cornerstone of the Northern College philosophy and guide much of Northern College’s activities,” said Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “We are honoured to host Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Week and provide a forum where the entire college community can be engaged in the culture and traditions of Aboriginal peoples.”
Activities that will be held at the Timmins Campus include traditional teachings from Elder David Faries, displays from local Aboriginal community organizations, arts and crafts activities, bannock making in the college’s shaputuan and a breakfast consisting of traditional foods. A powwow-style social Friday evening will close out the week. Traditional teachings, arts and crafts activities, and prayer and song activities will be held at Northern’s Kirkland Lake and Haileybury Campuses. Teachings, arts and crafts activities and traditional meals will take place at the Moosonee Campus.
Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Week was inspired by a student who made a suggestion to the Northern College Aboriginal Council on Education. The student suggested that the week be established as part of the school’s broader student orientation program. Northern College’s Aboriginal Council on Education supported this recommendation.
The primary objective of the week is to enhance cross-cultural awareness and understanding across the entire college community, and to dispel myths and stereotypes regarding Aboriginal peoples.
Executive Assistant, Office of the Vice-President, Finance, Administration and Aboriginal Services