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.
||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 email@example.com.
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
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
||Pipe Ceremony in the Aboriginal Support Centre, Building “F”, Room 209
||Honour Aboriginal Graduates – gift giving
||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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red River College President Stephanie Forsyth addressed a packed house at an Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce luncheon this week, speaking on the topic of Aboriginal post-secondary education.
Forsyth discussed the College’s longstanding commitment to engaging and supporting Aboriginal students; shared some success stories about Aboriginal graduates who are making a difference in their communities; and outlined how the College plans to make Aboriginal student achievement a strategic priority by integrating traditional knowledge and practices throughout the organization.
The full text of President Forsyth’s speech is below.
Red River College Continuing Studies instructor Ursula Neufeld has helped transform one of Main Street’s most colourful landmarks into a similarly eclectic downtown showpiece, while at the same time providing a creative outlet for those struggling with mental illness, addiction and homelessness.
Neufeld, a local visual artist who teaches Early Childhood Education courses at RRC, has for the last two years served in a lead role on a community arts project launched by local artists at the Red Road Lodge, 631 Main St. (formerly the New Occidental Hotel, now a transitional housing complex for at-risk individuals).
The result is a stunning outdoor mosaic located on the Lodge’s north-facing wall — one that’s inspired by traditional Aboriginal teachings, but also reflective of the diverse backgrounds of the hundreds of people who’ve contributed to its completion.
“We wanted to do something beautiful for the neighbourhood — to share in the creative process with the people here,” says Neufeld of the creative types behind Studio 631, an arts and culture resource housed within the Lodge. “But they didn’t just want to do a painting — they wanted to do something different.” Continue reading