The Owen Sound Campus will host a Louis Riel Remembrance Day on Nov. 15, 2013 in honour of this remarkable hero. Students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend. Aboriginal Services have been working hard to put this event together. Read more...
The Owen Sound Campus will host a Louis Riel Remembrance Day on Nov. 15 in honour of this remarkable hero. Students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend. Aboriginal Services, and specifically Aboriginal Student Peer Mentor Heather Van Wyck, have been working hard to put this event together. Heather is a first-year Early Childhood Education student of Métis heritage.
Riel was a Métis Canadian politician and spiritual leader who fought for Métis rights, culture and their homelands in the nineteenth century.
The event will feature a flag-raising ceremony and opening prayer led by Senator Malcolm Dixon of the Great Lakes Métis Council and Metis Nation of Ontario at 9 a.m. Afterward, attendees can participate in Métis sash-weaving lessons and friendship bracelet workshops, and watch How the Fiddle Flows.
The Aboriginal Resource Centre was filled with wonder, laughter, music and applause June 21 as storyteller and teacher Basil Johnston was honoured with the 2013 Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award. The event was part of National Aboriginal Day celebrations at the Barrie Campus. More than 100 friends, family and members of local Aboriginal communities filled a large classroom to see the awards handed out.
Ontario Arts Council Director and CEO Peter Caldwell presented the awards. Johnston, a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, was honoured for his decades-long dedication to the celebration and preservation of Anishinabe heritage. His writings include memoirs, short stories and collections of traditional Objibwe tales.
Created in 2012, the Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award celebrates the work of Aboriginal arts leaders who have made significant contributions to the arts in Ontario. Johnston requested that the award ceremony be held at Georgian’s Aboriginal Resource Centre because of the close connections that have been built between the centre’s staff and faculty and Aboriginal communities throughout the region.
On March 9, 2013, thousands of people gathered for the eighth Traditional Georgian College Pow Wow and celebrated aboriginal culture and traditions.
Just nine years ago, a small group of Georgian students and community members founded the Pow Wow. Since then, it has evolved into an extremely popular community-wide event hosted by the Aboriginal Studies department.
The 2013 Pow Wow continued the tradition of providing a gathering place for people to aboriginal people to share their culture with one another and the broader community.
The 2013 Pow Wow hosted more than 150 dancers, 12 drums, a Grass Dance exhibition, a Smoke Dance exhibition with Tribal Vision Dance and more than 18 vendors and artists from across the nation and Turtle Island. It also capped off Diversity Week at Georgian.
Megan Logan, a first-year student in Georgian College’s Aboriginal Community and Social Development program, has been selected by the Ontario government to serve on an influential committee that will help improve First Nations representation on juries and in the justice system.
The First Nation Juries Review Committee has the task of overseeing implementation of recommendations from the Hon. Frank Iacobucci’s report, First Nation Representations on Ontario Juries. The committee’s work will help to build a stronger, more accessible justice system for First Nation people.
Logan belongs to the Turtle Clan of the Delaware Nation, lives at Moravian of the Thames, located near London. She was named to the committee because of her leadership experience in Aboriginal youth organizations. She is a member of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians Youth Council, which she also represents on the Ontario First Nations Young Peoples’ Council.
Aboriginal Community and Social Development (Formerly Native Education - Community and Social Development)
Chief Donna Big Canoe is the first female chief of the Chippewas of Georgina Island and when elected chief in 2007 at the age of 31, was one of the youngest First Nation chiefs in Ontario. She holds her position with great honour and responsibility and regularly draws from her Native Community and Social Development background from Georgian College. Donna led the negotiations on behalf of her community for the Coldwater-Narrows Treaty, which could be one of the largest settlements in Canadian history.