From Oct. 19 to 23, join the U of G community online as we come together to learn about and celebrate First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures and ways of knowing.
Hosted by the Indigenous Student Centre, the week includes ceremony, workshops, cultural crafts and educational posts on the UofG Indigenous Initiatives Instagram account.
“We want the campus community to have the opportunity to learn more about First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures, while also opening spaces for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students to build community, learn and share their cultures and celebrate, both during Indigenous Recognition Week and throughout the school year,” says Jamie Horner, Indigenous programs coordinator.
Most events provide an opportunity for the broader community to participate while others are open to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students.
“Greater cultural knowledge and understanding are essential for meaningful reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples and communities,” says Cara Wehkamp, special advisor to the president on Indigenous initiatives. “Indigenous Recognition Week offers opportunities to learn about the diversity of Indigenous cultures and worldviews from Elders and Knowledge Holders in an inclusive and approachable manner.”
The week kicks off with a Sunrise Ceremony, open to everyone, at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 19 led by Elders Dan and Mary Lou Smoke.
Indigenous Recognition Week 2020 Schedule of Events
- Oct. 19 – Sunrise Ceremony – open to all
- Oct. 19 – How to Build Your Bundle – open to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students
- Oct. 20 – Intro to Indigenous Peoples in Canada – open to all
- Oct. 21 – Connecting With the Land and Plant Helpers – open to all
- Oct. 21 – Crafting Dream Catchers – open to all (FULL)
- Oct. 22 – Virtual Tour of the Former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School – open to all but registration required
- Oct. 23 – Beading Métis Flowers – open to all (FULL)
Learn more about Indigenous Recognition Week at U of G on GryphLife.