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Indigenous Awareness and Education Week

30 September, 2019 12:00 AM - 04 October, 2019 12:00 AM
Category: Community Student events

Indigenous Education Week at Assiniboine celebrates Indigenous culture, worldviews and perspectives. Each day is themed with various activities happening at different campuses in Brandon. 

This week specifically focuses 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 for reflect on reconciliation, and
  • promoting education, business and employment opportunities for Indigenous students

Activities are free and open to students, staff and faculty; where noted, activities are also open to the public. Times and activities vary by campus – please see below for more information.



Monday, September 30:

Every Child Matters

Wear an orange shirt to honour the 150,000+ First Nation, Métis and Inuit children mandated to attend Indian Residential schools from 1884-1996.

North Hill campus | Tipi outside of MICA

10 to 11:30 a.m.

Opening ceremonies

  • Pipe Ceremony (Elder Frank Tacan)
  • Honour Song
  • Tipi unveiling for Walking with our Sisters Tipi Tour

11:30 a.m.

Tipi Talk

Gerry Oleman-Stl'atl'imx will speak about his experience and impact of residential schools



Tuesday, October 1:

Indigenous Languages

Language is integral in affirming and maintaining wellbeing and a strong sense of identity. 2019 is marked as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Activity locations:

  • Victoria Avenue East campus | Cultural Centre
  • North Hill campus | Cultural Centre
  • Adult Collegiate | Lunch room

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Language Lunches

  • Enjoy traditional foods
  • As part of an immersion activity, Elders will communicate in their traditional languages



Wednesday, October 2:

Indigenous Culture/Worldviews and Perspectives

Manitoba is home to several Indigenous peoples with their own traditions and cultures. Learn more about what they have in common, as well as their unique attributes.

Victoria Avenue East campus

All day

Cultural and Educational displays

  • Dakota Display (Elder Eugene Ross) | Cultural Centre
  • Louis Riel Institute (Teresa Byre) | Crossroads

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. &
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Comparing/Contrasting Indigenous and Western Worldviews by Kris Desjarlais (1-hr presentation) | Victoria Ave. East 441/442


Adult Collegiate

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Indigenous Healing and Wellness presentation by Nellie Kopitz and Deborah Tacan, Knowledge Keepers


North Hill campus

4:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Youth Build Canada presentation by Jody Linklater | Len Evans | Rm 202/203

7:00 p.m.

Employment/Entrepreneurship and Economic Development for Indigenous People by Jody Linklater

MICA Study Hall | Open to the public

Jody Linklater, Manager of Pewapun (A New Day) Construction, and from Nisichawayasihk First Nation, shares information on his ground-breaking initiative for First Nation training and economic development, Youth Build Canada.



Thursday, October 3:


Reconciliation is just a word without action. Consider what reconciliation means to you and participate in acts of reconciliation.

Adult Collegiate

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Medicine Wheel Teachings by Brent Rosnoski, Lakota Knowledge Keeper



Friday, October 4:

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Day

Wear red shirts or dresses in recognition of the 1,200+ women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada between 1980 and 2019.

Victoria Avenue East campus

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

MMIWG Presentation by Aaliyah Black Hawk, Assiniboine student | 441/442


Adult Collegiate

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Traditional Role of Indigenous Women by Leona Huntinghawk

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