Expanding Perspectives

Indigenous and Education Week at ACC

Assiniboine Community College celebrated its inaugural Indigenous Education Week from September 30 to October 4 across their Brandon campuses, raising awareness of Indigenous culture, worldviews and perspectives.

The College hosted many fun and interactive lunches, engaging with students and creating opportunities for students to grow their knowledge and understanding indigenous history and cultural differences.

The Assiniboine Cultural centre hosted an array of presentations across a diverse range of topics, with different speakers and locations each day throughout the week.

This week specifically focused on:

· educating students and staff about Indigenous history and the impacts of residential schools,

· providing opportunities to learn about the holistic model of healing and wellness,

· offering time to reflect on reconciliation, and

· promoting education, business and employment opportunities for Indigenous students

As well at presentations and events, the sociology course taught by Anne Tesarski integrated information about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and girls (MMIWG) into the student's curriculum.

Across the campus, Term 4 students created a donation drive to collect warm mitts, hats, scarves and socks which were donated for the Bear Clan Patrol.

The College also hosted and Orange Shirt Day to recognize the Every Child Matters campaign to round off an insightful week of indigenous education.