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.
She’s an aspiring singer-songwriter with a long history of performing and caring for others — and she’s looking for a career that will allow her to share those considerable gifts with future generations.
No surprise, then, that Continuing Education grad Angel Simard has already found her way back to Red River College — to further bolster her Youth Recreation Activity Worker credentials via a diploma from RRC’s Child and Youth Care program.
We caught up with Angel to find out what led her to RRC in the first place, and how her experience here has inspired her to embark on a career path where she can continue helping others.
RRC: Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Pine Falls, Manitoba, but raised in Winnipeg.
What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
The number one interest of mine was always music. I’ve always had a passion for music, whether it’s singing, songwriting, or learning how to play a musical instrument. As a young child I used to sit down with my grandfather everyday to listen to him sing Hank Williams songs and play guitar, and I would observe him and help him record himself on a tape cassette recorder. He was a talented singer/musician who always wanted to be a country star. The farthest he came to that was singing a tribute to Hank Williams at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville during the 1940s. Music has been passed down from generation to generation in my family and I believe it’s meant to be a part of me and I’m supposed to use that gift and not waste it, and to share that gift when I feel ready to and also to keep passing that gift down to young people. (Which I have done with some of the youth I’ve worked with in my child and youth care practice.) Continue reading
Profile by Matthew TenBruggencate, second-year Creative Communications. Originally published on the Going Places blog.
When Rita Flamand was a young girl growing up in Camperville, Manitoba, she wasn’t allowed to speak her Metis tongue at school.
“They told me it wasn’t a real language,” she recalls. “They said it was a bastard language.”
Michif draws its verbs from Plains Cree or Ojibwe, while its nouns and articles are usually French. Like the Metis, it is a blending of cultures with its own unique identity. Despite having the five basic components of an independent language – syntax, semantics, pragmatics, morphology and phonology — it has traveled a difficult road to receiving official recognition, partly because there is no cohesive written form of the language.
Flamand has been working to change that. Since graduating from Red River College’s Aboriginal Interpreter program in 1998, she’s has been working as a translator on projects ranging from provincial voting guides to children’s cartoons, bettering her understanding of Michif as she builds toward a magnum opus: a Michif dictionary.
“I have everything set out to publish,” Flamand says, “I’m just dealing with the copyright issues… And I’ve been so busy using the stuff I took from RRC — translating and translating.” Continue reading
Red River College student Jamie Mckay has been recognized by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, with a Shaw Media Award presented by the Foundation for the Advancement of Aboriginal Youth (FAAY).
Mckay, a second-year Creative Communications student at RRC, is one of thousands of Canadian students who’ve received support in the form of FAAY scholarships and bursaries over the years.
A public relations major, Mckay is currently working as an intern at poetry magazine Contemporary Verse 2. Her goal is to use her new skills in the service of a career that allows her to benefit the Aboriginal community.
“I want to spend my life being creative and using my gifts to help others,” Mckay told the CAAB. “Above all, I want to help Aboriginal people — reach them, inspire them, and lift them up so they will be able to do the same.”
Click here for more info about Mckay’s award, and here for more info on RRC’s CreComm program.
Submitted by Daphne Flett, Student Support Counsellor at RRC’s Peguis-Fisher River Campus.
“Green” has quickly become one of the buzzwords of our time, whether in regards to recycling, pollution control, energy efficient construction, or waste reduction. Communities, urban and rural alike, are moving towards positive change and new initiatives in the way land, air and water are being cared for.
With a passionate person in the lead, others can be awakened to the importance of green living — so that it moves from more than just a hot topic to real action in environmental care and sustainability.
Red River College student Tannis CochraneCook is just such a person.
Years ago, before recycling programs reached rural communities, CochraneCook was setting aside her recyclables and taking them to depots in Winnipeg. Even back then, she saw the value in disposing of her household waste in a responsible manner.
However, things hit much closer to home – literally – when her home community of Peguis First Nation opened its new landfill site on the quarter section of land next to hers. Wanting to make sure her “backyard” was kept safe and free of pollutants, CochraneCook began volunteering at the landfill site a few times a week. Eventually, she got a part-time job there.