Indigenous Excellence

Every year around February and March, Brandon University makes a special effort to celebrate the excellence of our Indigenous students, faculty and staff, as well as Indigenous excellence throughout the community.

We invite you to join us in celebrating Indigenous excellence.

Indigenous Excellence 2021

This year, Indigenous Awareness Week has expanded to more than a month of virtual Indigenous Excellence events, opportunities to learn and cultural celebrations.

Indigenous Excellence brings students, staff, Faculty, alumni and the wider community together to learn about Indigenous culture and build relationships. Follow along on social media to participate in fun weekly contests and information sharing. Find us on Facebook @BrandonUIPC or on Instagram @bu_ipc

This year especially, we encourage everyone to think beyond the virtual and take part in physical actions to bring the celebration alive.

Change your Zoom background

One way to show your support is to change your video conferencing background.

Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to use this background in all of their video conferencing.

Commit to education

There are many ways for our BU community to continue self-education and actions. A couple of options include:

  • Indigenous Education Resources provided by the John E. Robbins Library
  • Indigenous Canada – University of Alberta — this free, 12 week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies at the UofA explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.

Support our community

Support the National Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration in Brandon this year and enjoy delicious bannock. Pre-order between March 1-14 and pick up on Saturday, March 20.

Bannock is 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. Pre-Order online here (Scroll down to the pre-order for raffle tickets and bannock dogs!) or call 204-725-7520 and ask for Shannon. E-transfer to (in the comments write your name and friends of BU) or pay cash on pick up.

Take in BU events

Indigenous New Music Festival

Saturday Jan. 30 and Tuesday, Feb. 2.

The Brandon University Indigenous New Music Festival will be streamed online this year, beginning with a joint performance on Saturday Jan. 30 by the Brandon University New Music Ensemble (BUNME) and Any Enemy (North East New Music Ensemble), a contemporary ensemble made up of musicians from northeast Scotland. The festival will conclude with a Pro Series concert featuring Cree flutist Jessica McMann on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

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Saturday’s performance by BUNME and Any Enemy can be streamed on at

Tuesday’s concert by Jessica McMann can be viewed at

Both concerts will also be shown on the School of Music’s Facebook page at

Preparing Indigenous Students for Post-Secondary

Wednesday, March 3 from 1pm-3pm

Brandon University is proud to present Preparing Indigenous Students for Post-Secondary, an event for guidance counsellors, post-secondary counsellors, and anyone who works with Indigenous students who are transitioning to post-secondary. Attendees will hear from Brandon University staff and faculty on how Indigenous students are supported in their transition to BU. There will also be an opportunity for presenters and attendees to engage in discussion so we can learn how we can work together to better support Indigenous students.

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Virtual Paint Night with Jessie Jannuska

Wednesday, March 10 from 7pm-8:30pm

via Zoom

Instructor Jessie Jannuska is a Winnipeg based interdisciplinary visual artist with mixed Dakota, Ojibway and European ancestry. She is from Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation. She has recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors from Brandon University. She primarily works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, pen, mixed media, and beading.

Register/Contact: Michelle Bessette or text 204-570-1427

*BU Students will be prioritized for this event

Centre for Aboriginal and Rural Education Studies (BU CARES) Virtual Open House

Wednesday, March 17, from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M.

BU CARES has been doing community-based education research with rural and Indigenous communities for the past 12 years. We aim to understand and support education for rural and Indigenous students.

Want to find out more? Please come learn about various initiatives underway, how BU CARES can support your research, and meet researchers doing creative and innovative projects all over the province! We are looking forward to meeting you!

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Spring Solstice Celebration

Saturday, March 20 at 1 pm

via Zoom

We invite you to join us in a virtual sharing circle and storytelling as we welcome the changing of the season.

Register/Contact: Michelle Bessette or text 204-570-1427

Indigenous BU Alumni: Pathways to Law School

Wednesday, March 24, from 2pm-3pm

via Zoom

Sheyenne Spence is Crown Counsel with the British Columbia Prosecution Service. Join in this talk to gain mentorship advice and learn what it takes to earn a law degree.

Register/Contact: Michelle Bessette or text 204-570-1427

Live podcast recording

Wednesday, March 24, from 2pm-4pm

via Zoom

Brandon University’s Centre for Aboriginal and Rural Education Studies invites you to join us for an exciting event — a live episode recording of Leaning In & Speaking Out: The Research Connection Podcast on the topic of Indigenous Language Revitalization.

Bev Fontaine, Karon Mcgillivary, Davin Dumas & Dr. Burcu Yaman Ntelioglou will present.

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Take in Kairos events

Kairos Canada has several events planned that celebrate Indigenous Excellence. Details are available on their website.

Share a story

Brandon University and the BU Indigenous Peoples’ Centre are always looking for inspiring stories of Indigenous Excellence, and we invite them with us on social media. Tag the IPC on Facebook @BrandonUIPC or on Instagram @bu_ipc or the Brandon University Twitter account @BrandonUni.