Aboriginal Student Support & Community Relations is pleased to host the College’s annual Pipe Ceremonies and Fall Feasts, events that are open to all students and staff.
This cultural celebration is in recognition of the Autumnal Equinox, and is an excellent opportunity for students and staff to come together and celebrate.
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013:
Aboriginal Support Centre (Room F209, Notre Dame Campus)
10:30am – Pipe Ceremony
12:00pm – Fall Feast
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013:
Room P409, Roblin Centre
10:30am – Pipe Ceremony
12:00pm – Fall Feast
Times may vary. Traditionally, women wear long skirts for ceremonies.
Organizers welcome any assistance in helping to make this feast a wonderful time for all. As such, students and staff are invited to bring a food item — particularly dessert — if they so choose.
Those wishing to volunteer at the Notre Dame event can contact Tracy Brant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204.632.2106. Those interested in volunteering at Roblin Centre can contact Cheyenne Chartrand at email@example.com or 204.949.8506.
RRC’s Aboriginal Student Support & Community Relations team will host a Welcoming Celebration for students on Thursday, Sept. 5, from noon to 1pm, at both the Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses.
Students have a lot on their minds when going back to school — like housing, buying textbooks, and just finding their way around campus. The Welcoming Celebration offers a break from it all — complete with a free lunch and the chance to meet other students while being entertained by comedian Don Burnstick.
Date: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013
Time: Noon – 1pmPlace: F209, Aboriginal Support Centre (Notre Dame Campus)
P107, CGA Manitoba Room (Exchange District Campus)
For more information, please call 204.632.3773.
Profile by Matt Ten Bruggencate (Creative Communications, 2013)
Derrick Sinclair had hardly held a wrench before he came to Red River College. Nor had he been to a sweat or a smudge. Now the Peguis-born 23-year-old has taken an engine down to its bolts, is hoping to sign his apprenticeship papers shortly, and has a second name – Eagle Speaks.
On top of that, he’s been asked by the College to come back as a tutor to mentor students who might be confused about where they want to go in life. Just like he was.
In his final year of high school, Sinclair was like a lot of grads – unsure of what he wanted to do next. He had an interest in mechanics, fed both by a desire to help extended family members “who were always having to take their vehicles into the shops, instead of working on them by themselves” and the draw of a culture glamourized in films such as The Fast and the Furious.
But there weren’t many opportunities on the reserve to get a firm grounding in mechanics or auto repair. Sinclair also suspected the reserve’s school hadn’t pushed him hard enough to prepare him for college life – either in terms of the academic content or having a rigorous class schedule. He was looking for a bridge to let him explore trades education as well as check out what it means to be a college student.
He found that bridge in the Aboriginal Program for College Enrichment and Transition, formerly the Biindigen (“Welcome”) Program. Continue reading
Darrell Brown took the exact opposite path most kids dream of: he sold his arcade business and went back to school.
But the 47-year-old graduate of Red River College’s International Business diploma program (1998) hasn’t looked back, first founding a marketing company to connect European tourists with Manitoba First Nations, then a manufacturing company preparing office furniture orders for First Nations and government clients.
“I’m in business to make clients happy,” says Brown. “That, to me, is where it’s not about profit. It’s about delivering a good product or service.”
With a father in the army, Brown experienced the typical “base brat” upbringing, moving a number of times during his childhood, including two tours in Germany. His father’s final posting brought the family to Winnipeg, where Brown graduated high school, then worked for a major Crown corporation for 10 years. It wasn’t a great fit.
“I didn’t care for the union mentality,” he says. “I took (a) buyout, cashed in a boatload of RSPs and found a business to buy… Basically I was doing everything to make it happen.”
Brown’s arcade business, stocked with pinball machines and pool tables, had 15 locations at the height of its popularity. But this, too, wasn’t the fulfilling career he had envisioned. He wanted to take his career in a larger, more meaningful direction; one that tied in his native heritage. That’s when he found the International Business diploma at RRC. He sold the business and hit the books. Continue reading
Sabrina Rogers, a Continuing Education student in Red River College’s Youth Recreation Activity Worker program, wasn’t so sure she’d make it to graduation after she received some unexpected news months before starting her program. program, wasn’t so sure she’d make it to graduation after she received some unexpected news months before starting her program.
“I found out I was pregnant coming into the program,” says Rogers. “Because of that, I wasn’t sure if I’d even finish or if I was going to have to drop out. I almost felt bad because it was as if I was taking the seat from someone else who deserved it.”
Fortunately, she put all her doubts behind her and surpassed her own expectations. Today Rogers is not only a new mother to a beautiful, healthy daughter, Sophia, but is also only a handful of practicum hours away from completing her program.
“As my stomach kept growing it gave me more incentive and motivation to finish,” says Rogers. “I also wanted to do this for my family, instructors and everyone who supported me. My family wouldn’t let me drop out, no matter how much I wanted to at some points.” Continue reading
Aboriginal Student Support & Community Relations will be hosting Pipe Ceremony and Summer Feast on Monday, June 17, 2013 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. The pipe ceremony and feast will be held outside in the D, E & F courtyard at the Notre Dame Campus. In case of rain, the alternate room will be in Room F209, Aboriginal Support Centre.
|11:00am||Pipe ceremony and Teachings on the Summer solstice|
*Times may vary.
**Traditionally, women wear long skirts for ceremonies.
Participants will learn about the cultural significance and purpose of a Pipe Ceremony in addition to the purpose of summer feast. We invite all Pipe Carriers and Singers to come to our gathering and lend their gifts.
Aboriginal Student Support & Community Relations is all about learning and sharing so we understand that you may need leave throughout the ceremony or arrive a bit later. This celebration is open to people coming and going-feel free to take a peak, sit down or stay all morning.
For additional information, please contact Tracy Brant at 632-2106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, Red River College awards a Red River College Honorary Diploma to an individual who demonstrates high standards of excellence in their personal and professional achievements, and whose involvement in the community is widely recognized.
Known and respected throughout Canada for her wisdom, gentle spirit and tireless dedication to the community, Stella Blackbird has a special ability to build trust and understanding across cultures and nations.
An Elder and Red Eagle Woman from the Turtle Clan, Stella has served as an Elder, Traditional Healer, Medicine Teacher and facilitator for healing programs and teachings across Canada and the U.S. She has devoted years to the women of Keeseekoowenin First Nation (where she resides), and to women and men in neighbouring First Nations communities, providing counselling and healing and leading traditional ceremonies. Stella also provides teachings at Medicine Eagle Camp, which she helped establish on the sacred ceremonial grounds of the ancestors near Riding Mountain National Park.
Stella has a vast knowledge of traditional medicines, which she shares with those from all nations and backgrounds. Earlier in her career, she served as Resident Elder for the Ontario Native Education Counselor Association in Sudbury, and provided health services for the Ojibway Tribal Family Services Sacred Circle in Kenora. She also served for years in the Third Canada Rangers of the Canadian Armed Forces, providing traditional teachings and survival skills to youth and adults at Camp Borden. Continue reading
Convocation ceremonies will be held at the Centennial Concert Hall,
555 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Monday, June 10 at 7:00p.m.
- School of Business and Applied Arts
- Business Administration (Full Time and CE)
- International Business
- Commerce/Industry Sales and Marketing
- Health Information Management
- Centre for Teaching Excellence, Innovation and Research (formerly School of Learning Innovation)
- School of Indigenous Education
Tuesday, June 11 at 1:00p.m.
- School of Business and Applied Arts
- 3D Computer Graphics Advanced
- American Sign Language – English Interpretation
- Applied Accounting
- Aviation Management
- Business Information Technology
- Computer Analyst/Programmer
- Creative Communications
- Digital Media Design
- Deaf Studies
- Graphic Design
- Graphic Design – Advanced
- Introduction to Business Information Technology
- Information Systems Technology
- Library and Information Technology (Full Time and CE)
- Technical Communication
- School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts
- School of Transportation, Aviation and Manufacturing
- School of Continuing Education
Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00p.m.
- School of Construction and Engineering Technology
- School of Health Sciences and Community Services
Receiving Convocation Information
All Graduates and students eligible to graduate at the Spring Convocation will receive emails with information regarding the ceremonies 8-12 prior to the Convocation dates. Please access your WebAdvisor account to update your preferred email address.
Apply to Graduate
- Application to Graduate - Deadline April 24, 2013
Once the college receives your Application to Graduate, your academic record will be reviewed and if applicable, updated to “Graduate” status.
Please check your Web Advisor account to confirm the receipt of your Application to Graduate (under Communication for Students>My Documents for Students – note: the “due date” is the date of the convocation ceremony) and that your record has been updated to “Graduate”.
Convocation Cap and Gown Order
All graduates wanting to attend the RRC Convocation ceremonies are required to wear academic attire. Academic attire consists of a gown, hood, cap and tassel. The cap and tassel is a souvenir for you to keep. The cost of this academic attire is $35.00 (taxes included).
Please place your gown order early to confirm your attendance.
Order My Gown - Deadline May 28, 2013 at midnight
Please have a credit card (Visa or Mastercard) ready before ordering.
If you do not have a credit card and absolutely cannot place an order on-line please visit a Student Service Centre at Notre Dame Campus, D101 or Exchange District Campus, P104 to place an order.
If the deadline date has passed and you would still like to attend your convocation ceremony, please arrive at the Centennial Concert Hall an hour and half before the ceremony with $35 cash (no credit or debit accepted) to rent your academic attire directly through Gaspard.
The College will subsidize gown rentals for students in financial difficulties, however, funding is limited. Please visit a Student Service Centre if you require assistance.
Tickets are not required and there is no maximum number of guests per graduate. Designated seating is available for persons with disabilities. For information regarding Handicap Services at the Centennial Concert Hall please visit http://centennialconcerthall.com/guest-info/handicap-services/
Family and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony can view the live webcast of the ceremony. A link to the live webcast will be made available at www.rrc.mb.ca/convocation on the day of convocation.
For location and parking information at the Centennial Concert Hall please visit http://centennialconcerthall.com/guest-info/location-parking/
- Parchment Frames Information
- Crossing the Stage Photo Order Form
- Jostens Ring Order Information
- Lifetouch Graduation Portraits Information and appointment bookings
Your Personal Information
If you have recently moved, please access your WebAdvisor account to change your address. For a name change, please visit one of our Student Service Centre’s with the appropriate documentation confirming the name change.
Information regarding graduation and awards may be made public. If you have any questions or concerns about the collection and use of this information, or if you would like your graduation or awards information not made public, please contact:
Red River College
2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 0J9
Parchments will not be awarded at the ceremony if there are any outstanding amounts against your student number (tuition and parking fees, library books, computer equipment).
To ensure you receive your parchment on stage at Convocation please have all financial obligations paid in full 10 days prior to the ceremony date.
On behalf of the School of Indigenous Education, Red River College is pleased to host the 13th Annual Pow Wow Honouring Aboriginal Graduates on Friday, May 3, 2013 in the North Gym. Please find below a breakdown of the day’s events.
FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013
|11:30am||Pipe Ceremony in the Aboriginal Support Centre, Building “F”, Room 209|
|3:00pm||Honour Aboriginal Graduates – gift giving|
|5:00pm||Feast in North Gym|
Stop by for a piece a bannock and sip of tea, or peruse the crafters booths and enjoy the dancing and music.
Should you have any questions, please contact Tracy Brant at 204-632-2106 or email email@example.com.