Brandon University (BU) is celebrating Indigenous Awareness Week with a series of events all week long, presented by the Indigenous Peoples’ Centre (IPC).
“We embrace Indigenous culture all year long, and this week is set aside to be a pinnacle of celebration, where we make a special effort to recognize and honour the history and culture that we’re proud to share here,” said Chris Lagimodiere, Director of the IPC and Aboriginal Initiatives at BU. “It’s important to invest some time in acknowledging the traditions of the Dakota, Anishanabek, Oji-Cree, Cree and Métis peoples on whose homelands BU stands, under Treaty 2.”
Along with an emphasis on culture and tradition, this year’s Indigenous Awareness Week will bring awareness to current concerns like missing and murdered Indigenous women.
“Indigenous culture is not a history lesson, it’s vibrant and multi-layered and modern, and we’re thrilled to be able to show it off this week,” said Julia Stoneman, a BU Indigenous Student Success Officer who is coordinating the week’s activities. “We hope everyone will take the opportunity to stop in at BU to take part.”
Indigenous Awareness Week runs Feb. 13–17 this year. For more information see the full events listing at BrandonU.ca/IPC.
Schedule of Events
Monday, Feb. 13, 2017
• Pipe Ceremony @ 9 a.m. in the Ceremony Room
• Opening Performance, “Because They Are All Somebody’s Daughter,” performed by: Peter Morin & BU students @ 11:45 a.m. in Harvest Hall (Cafeteria)
• Lunch to follow in IPC
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017
• National Day of Action for MMIW: Honoring our Stolen Sisters
• Sweet Medicine Sisters
• Guest speakers: Cathy Mattes, Roberta McKinnon, Brandy Robertson
• Red Dress Project on Display
• We invite everyone to come and make a paper rose in memory of MMIW.
• Mingling Area @ 12:40 p.m. (Lunch Provided)
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
• Pizza and a Movie at the Evans Theatre @ 11:30 a.m. “Trick or Treaty”
• Indigenous Awareness Display in the IPC
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
• Indigenous Pathways to Education Sharing Circle with Lorraine Mayer in the Gathering Space at the John E. Robbins Library @ 11:30 a.m.
• Followed by Bannock on a Stick in the Courtyard.
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
• BUASC special event: Kahomani, with Silent Auction, Contests, Stew and Bannock @ 6:30 p.m. 205 College Ave.
Door prizes at every event. Keep an eye out for social media competitions.
For more information, please contact:
Director, Indigenous Peoples' Centre
& Aboriginal Initiatives
Indigenous Student Success Officer