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 email@example.com or 204.632.2106. Those interested in volunteering at Roblin Centre can contact Cheyenne Chartrand at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 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
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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’s Aboriginal Student Support & Community Relations department will host an event to connect Aboriginal LGBTT* people and RRC in a meaningful way that honours the voices of Indian Residential School Survivors.
On Thursday, May 17, 2012, the department will partner with Two Spirited People of Manitoba Inc., and the organizers of RRC’s LGBTT* Initiative, to host “Gakina Awiiyaa — We Are All Related,” an event celebrating both communities’ participation in post-secondary education.
The event will feature presentations by Kelly Houle, a two-spirited residential school survivor, and the University of Saskatchewan’s Dr. Alexandria Wilson, a member of the Opaskwayak First Nation who will speak about the effect of residential schools on Aboriginal gender identity, as well as the repercussions on education, communities and ceremony.
Held to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia, the event stems from earlier presentations organized by Aboriginal Student Support & Community Relations for RRC students and staff, exploring the impact of Western viewpoints on Aboriginal gender identities, as well as an overview of pre-colonial roles of Two-Spirit (LGBTT*) people.
Red River College’s School of Indigenous Education hosted the 12th Annual Graduation Pow Wow last week, honouring the achievements of our Aboriginal graduates and paying tribute to their personal triumphs.
Held Friday, May 4, at RRC’s Notre Dame Campus, the event celebrated the accomplishments of 93 Aboriginal graduates, and attracted more than 850 friends, family members and dignitaries to a day-long event that included a pipe ceremony, traditional dancing, and a feast.
Another highlight of the event was the presentation of the Jules Lavallee Award, named after a former RRC Elder-in-Residence. This year’s award went to Corey Bear, a student from RRC’s Biindigen College Studies program.
Christmas Craft for Students
The Aboriginal Student Support & Community Relations is pleased to offer a Christmas Craft session with Elder in Residence, Mae Louise Campbell
Wednesday, November 23 & Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Christmas Craft: Medicine Bag
Aboriginal Support Centre
F209 (lounge area)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
With our hectic and heavy schedules, we will be offering this workshop as an “open session”, allowing students to stop by on November 23 to get their Christmas Craft started. If students are unable to complete it, they will have the opportunity to complete it on November 30.
Materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own – get creative!
Makes a great gift and no experience necessary!