College celebrates Indigenous Awareness Month


Niagara College press release –Indigenous workshops, special guests and more will celebrate Indigenous culture in a spirit of reconciliation and healing.

A host of events and celebrations of Indigenous life, history and culture throughout the month of November will mark Niagara College’s celebration of Indigenous Awareness Month at both campuses.

Coordinated by the college’s Indigenous Education department, the month offers opportunities for the entire college community to learn about the history of Indigenous communities in Canada, celebrate the rich and diverse culture of those communities, support NC’s body of Indigenous students, and promote the reconciliation process in Canada.

NC recognizes the important role that education plays in promoting truth and reconciliation. It is our hope that these activities will raise awareness of Indigenous culture and Indigenous issues across the college, and will initiate important conversations,” said Donna Gerber, manager of Indigenous Education. “We want to provide an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and staff to form relationships built on understanding and respect.”

In addition to unique events hosted by the college, November also marks significant dates and commemorations in Indigenous history, including International Inuit Day on Nov. 7, Aboriginal Veterans Day on Nov. 8 and Louis Riel Day on Nov. 16.

The events also provide a forum for NC’s Indigenous students to engage with and celebrate their cultural heritage, and share that heritage with their fellow students.

“Indigenous Awareness Month is another opportunity for our students to learn more about their cultural heritage and connect with the growing Indigenous student body here on campus,” added Jamie Warren, counsellor. “Having opportunities to support students to build their cultural integrity is a factor that contributes to their overall success here at Niagara College.”

Wampum Belt Display: Cafeteria/Student Commons Atrium – Welland Campus
Yvonne Thomas, Executive Director of the Jake Thomas Learning Centre, will give the college community a chance to view 14 replicated wampum belts that showcase the importance of the relationships created in North America through beadwork. Thomas’ mission is to preserve and promote traditional Haudenosaunee ways of building and maintaining relationships.

  • Monday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Faceless Dolls Workshops
The Faceless Dolls Project is an awareness campaign in honour of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls in Canada (#MMIWG). Created by the Native Women’s Association of Canada, International Business student Alkiie Froman brought this project to Niagara College and has been facilitating it for the past 3 years. Drop by our craft table and make a faceless doll to meet her goal of 1,200 dolls (one for every reported case of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada). No registration or fee required.

NOTL Campus: Cafeteria Foyer

  • Tuesday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Welland Campus: Foyer (outside the International department)

  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Indigenous Culinary Experience
NC chef professor Osvaldo Avila will help and guide students in preparing five unique Indigenous dishes for the college community. All proceeds will go to support the United Way.

                Monday, Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
                NC Greenhouse, Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

Tea Talks with Elder Elaine
Members of the NC community (students, faculty, and staff) are invited to the Indigenous Student Lounge at both campuses and join Elder Elaine Berwald for an open dialogue on exploring Indigenous ways of knowing and bringing this knowledge into post-secondary education.

Welland Campus: Indigenous Student Lounge – S104

  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 29, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus: Indigenous Student Lounge – E104

  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 29, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Rock Your Mocs Challenge – Nov. 12-16
Indigenous students and staff are invited to wear their moccasins the week of Nov. 12 – 16 as an opportunity for Indigenous peoples to stand together in solidarity while recognizing the community’s infinite diversity. Students can showcase their moccasins on social media and tag @IndigenousEdNC #ROCKYOURMOCS and #RYM2018 in photos for a chance to win a prize.


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