Brandon University celebrates Indigenous Excellence

March 22, 2022

Brandon University (BU) is hosting a series of online events to mark its annual spring Indigenous Excellence celebration.

The spring season marks a ‘new year’ for Indigenous people, as it is the time of awakening or returning for animals, and the growth of plants and forests. This time of year also brings students, staff, faculty, alumni and the wider community together to learn about Indigenous culture and build relationships.

The events began on Monday with a BU Teaching House gathering focusing on the spring equinox. It was followed on Tuesday with a presentation organized by the IshKaabatens Waasa Gaa Inaabateg Department of Visual Art, featuring visual artist Audie Murray, who discussed her most recent works and methods that explore dreams as research.

Upcoming events include:

Women’s Teachings: Connecting to the Cycle of Life

Thursday, March 24, 1:30 p.m., Heath Studies

Join Cree Grandmother Deborah Tacan and host Karen Batson for a knowledge-sharing session.

Resurgence of Anishinaabe Manoomin Practice

Monday, March 28, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Join BU professor Melody McKiver in a presentation on the resurgence of Anishinaabe manoomin (wild rice) practice.

The Role of Women in Reclaiming Power and Spirit

Wednesday, March 30, 10:40 to 11:30 a.m.

Senator Mary Jane McCallum will discuss the role of women in reclaiming power and spirit as it relates to the creation of Bill S-219, an act respecting a National Ribbon Skirt Day. McCallum will be joined by James Campbell, Director of Parliamentary Affairs for her office, to discuss the process of a bill going through the legislative process.

Paint with Jessie Jannuska

Wednesday, March 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 7, 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Jannuska, a graduate of BU, will present a free family paint activity. Registration is required.

BU CARES Research Centre

BU CARES will be sharing information on its website about research projects and opportunities, including an anti-racism tool kit, the Doc Talks Speaker Series and a podcast.

 

Full information on events can be found at BrandonU.ca/Indigenous/Gatherings/Indigenous-Excellence-2022.

Although most if this year’s gatherings are virtual, event organizers are encouraging everyone to think beyond the screen by sharing with family and friends, and continuing to educate themselves through books, podcasts, films and courses.

Additionally, BU is profiling Indigenous students on its Indigenous Excellence 2022 website. The website also includes links to other educational resources.

Throughout the celebration, the Indigenous Peoples’ Centre at BU will be hosting contents and information sharing on its Facebook and Instagram accounts.