The HAWK Camp: Highlighting Aboriginal Culture and Education

June 4, 2014 • Written by

10727194134_49e0ec43a3_bThe 2014 HAWK Camp (Hands on Activity Week for Kids) is an Aboriginal cultural camp hosted at the Notre Dame Campus for one week each summer. The 2014 camp will run the week of July 7-11, 2014.

We host 16 kids aged 12-14; this group started with us last year as part of a cohort where we bring the same kids back for three consecutive summers, highlighting different academic programs each year.

We will track the kids’ post-secondary paths to determine if this model impacts their choices to enrol at Red River College. We also want to ensure the camp advances their confidence and self-esteem as strong Aboriginal youth, by offering traditional teachings through the morning sessions and highlighting academic programs in the afternoon sessions.

We have chosen four programs to highlight this year: Dental Assisting, Animal Health Technology, Photography and Plumbing.

We feel it’s important to showcase the week by having a photographer present to take candid shots of all activities. We then provide a compilation of what was covered in our annual HAWK Camp Magazine.

Click here to view the 2013 HAWK Camp Magazine.

There is still an opportunity for Aboriginal RRC students to become a “Team Leader” for a week. If you’re interested, please contact Lisa Carriere, HAWK Camp Coordinator, at

A hundred volunteers represented the College at the Pride Parade this year!

June 3, 2014 • Written by

Pride Parade - GroupOn Sunday, June 1st, Pride Winnipeg hit the streets for the 27th annual Pride Parade, and about 100 volunteers from Red River College (RRC) joined this year’s parade!

Pride ParadeFaculty, staff, students, friends and family members marched in the 2014 Pride Winnipeg Parade as a means of showing support for the local LGBTT* community and celebrating diversity.

The College’s presence in the parade marked the third time RRC has taken part in Pride Winnipeg festivities.
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Upcoming Culinary Workshops

May 14, 2014 • Written by

Food is the universal connection to our health, our well-being and even our happiness.

Our chefs are ready to share their skills and knowledge with you – in state-of-the-art kitchens in the beautiful Paterson GlobalFoods Institute at Red River College. All of our workshops are hands-on, where you develop your skills under the direction of our experienced chefs.

 Culinary Skills  Knife Skills & Soup Making  September 30
 Appetizers  October 7
 Cooking for One  October 28
 Culinary Adventure Series  Spanish Cuisine  October 3
 Thai Cuisine  October 17
 East Indian Cuisine  November 7
 Louisiana/Cajun Cuisine  November 21
 Italian Cuisine  December 5
Baking & Lifestyle Gluten Free Living & Cooking October 4
Pies & Pastry November 15
Vegetarian November 25
Holiday Cookies & Squares November 29December 6

Registration begins in June and classes fill up fast!


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Railway Conductor Program – Information Sessions

May 14, 2014 • Written by

Learn more about the Railway Conductor program and career in the rail industry. RRC is hosting an Information Session taking place on the Notre dame Campus, Winnipeg MB.

Meet instructors, get your questions answered, and learn about entrance requirements.


  • May 15, 22 and 29, 2014
  • June 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2014
  • July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2014


  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


  • Unit 9 – 1500 Regent Avenue West

Next Intakes: September, January and May

Read more about the Railway Conductor Program.

Download the Railway Conductor Info Sheet.

Watch the Global’s Manitoba Focus’s feature on our Railway Conductor Program.


The Benefits of Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

May 14, 2014 • Written by


Red River College provides many opportunities for students to develop leadership skills, expand their horizons, and learn to see life from a different prospective.  The Diversity and Immigrant Student Support department is proud to have an award called Step Out of Your Box Diversity, and every year three students are recognized for stretching themselves, stepping out of their comfort zone, challenging themselves, making a difference in the community and in the life of someone else.

The benefits of stepping out of your box are numerous. Being willing to give up familiarity of the known and embrace the discomfort that comes from being outside your comfort zone is increasingly crucial to students’ success in work and life. Read More →

Group Fitness Programs

May 10, 2014 • Written by

by Cole Skinner, Athletics and Recreation Coordinator

With exams currently taking place, and the rush to get summer jobs, this is often a busy and stressful time for Red River College Students. Rebels Athletics and Recreation Services has a great way to relieve stress, get fit for summer, and be at your best for exams and job interviews! RRC Athletics and Recreation Services offers Group Fitness Programs suited to all interests and fitness levels. Our highly trained and enthusiastic instructors will lead you through a fun and challenging workout suited to you. Use these classes to get a leg up on your personal fitness goals, with summer right around the corner, why not get active and have fun in the process. We offer a wide variety of classes that can help relieve stress, and improve your personal wellness.

Registered Programs For 2014 Spring Term

Yoga with Amanda on Mondays from 4:15 to 5:15.

Rapid Revolution Spin with Lesley on Tuesdays from 11:05 to 11:50 and Thursdays from 11:05 to 11:50.

Dynamic Core with Leslie on Tuesdays from 12:05 to 12:50 and Thursdays from 12:05 to 12:50.

Cardio Complete with Ming on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 4:45

Boot Camps with Karly on Fridays from 11:05 to 11:50

Stott Pilates with Karly on Fridays from 12:05 to 12:50

Regular classes will start April 28th and run until June 27th.

Drop in cards for 4 or 8 classes per term can also be purchased. An unlimited Full Fitness Pass can also be purchased, allowing to attend as many classes as you want.


To register for a class download the attached form, fill it out and take it to the Student Service Centre to make a payment. 2014 Spring Fitness Classes Registration Form

Take it outside

May 5, 2014 • Written by

During this final exam week, one of our BA peer tutors hit the gym with a partner to lift some weights. A couple of things caught my attention:

  • how inspiring it was to see a student’s goal was to help their peer reach their goal
  • how important it is take time away from our text books and study guides and online forums to just move.

This isn’t a blog about how to take a much needed break from studying – though I absolutely promote a balanced lifestyle. Rather this is a blog about using another dimension of studying – synthesizing info.


Roline Nguyen & Charanjit Singh, ASC peer tutors

Put an airbrushed check-mark to the sentences which you could’ve authored:

  • An answer to a question I’ve been working with comes to me while walking on a trail.
  • While kicking a soccer ball with a friend, I set up 4 major points for a paper I’m writing.
  • As I jog, I recite answers to questions I anticipate will be on my final exam.
  • I find a creative way to work well with my peers on our project while meandering on my bike.

The Winnipeg Free Press hosts a column about “Our Winnipeg, my favourite place.” A recent publication featured the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s resident conductor, Julian Pellicano. Pellicano does much of his thinking on the paths of the Assiniboine Forest – modeling his work practice after legendary composers who finish a working session with a vigorous walk. After spending hours studying orchestral music, this Winnipegger eloquently describes why he does what he does, “I take a walk and let it all sink in; to see how much I remember of what I just worked on….part of my process takes place on the trails of Assiniboine Forest” Pellicano concludes his interview with the following invite: “if we happen to run into each other on the trails, don’t hesitate to ask what I’m working on.”

Going back to the “is this you checklist,” there is a growing body of evidence that suggest s we think and learn better when we walk, swim or do another form of exercise. When we exercise, we increase blood flow and blood pressure. Our brain is just one recipient of this increased blood flow and more blood = more energy and oxygen. Since cognitive processes such as problem-solving require maximum brain power, the healthier we make our brain, the better it’ll function! So, not only does our body perform better with increased movement, but our brain joins in on this performance-enhanced experience. How much activity should we do?

A Harvard study found that taking 2 ½ hours a week (distributed in a way that suits you best). This translates to approximately 20 minutes/day. Going back to the gym, it seems like these BA students catapulted right from an involved Entrepreneurial project straight into the throws of finals. Yet, by taking the time to intentionally work on building muscle, they unintentionally were building one of their most important muscles.

Referenced from:

Submitted by Dayna Graham, Adult Learning Facilitator & Academic Coach, Academic Success Centre

Red River College Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Orientation Thursday May 1, 2014

April 29, 2014 • Written by

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that involves the identification, documentation, assessment and recognition of formal study and non-formal learning acquired through work and life experience.

To learn about RPL processes at RRC please attend the next RPL Orientation on Thursday May 1st from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Building A room 137 at RRC’s Notre Dame Campus). The RPL Orientation will outline the approaches used at RRC for assessing prior learning equivalent to the learning outcomes in College courses.

Aboriginal Graduation Pow Wow

April 28, 2014 • Written by

On behalf of the School of Indigenous Education, we are pleased to host the 14th Annual Pow Wow Honouring Aboriginal Graduates on Friday, May 9, 2014 in the North Gym at the Notre Dame campus.

Please find below, a breakdown of the day’s events:

FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014

10:30am             Pipe Ceremony — Aboriginal Support Centre, Room F209

12:00pm             Grand Entry – North Gym

1:00pm               Honour Aboriginal Graduates – gift giving

5:00pm               Feast

Stop by for a piece of bannock, sip of tea, peruse the crafters booths and enjoy the dancing and music.

2014 Graduates are asked to register at:

Should you have any questions, please contact Tracy Brant at 632.2106 or email

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Making a World of Difference

April 25, 2014 • Written by

MAWOD_Event_084On Wednesday, April 16, the Diversity and Immigrant Student Support department at Red River College (RRC) celebrated all volunteers in the Mentorship Programs through the Making a World of Difference Volunteer Appreciation Event. Over 300 volunteers participated in the Cultural and Language Mentorship Program, the Internationally Educated Nurses Workplace Partnership Program and the Diversity Ambassadors Program in 2013-2014 as well as many staff at Red River College who have been our friends and supporters throughout the year so we had a lot to celebrate! Good food, great music, a photo-booth for mentor partners to take fun photos together, lots of dancing, as well as mentor partners mingling and sharing stories with each other is what made the night a great success!

HuiliPersonal development, leadership skills, intercultural communication skills, cultural diversity awareness, Canadian workplace culture, a heightened sense of connection to Red River College and Winnipeg are just a few among the skills that were developed by Mentor Partners in RRC’s Mentorship Programs. With so much Local and Global knowledge, we can trust that our future graduates are best equipped to be successful in this multicultural environment and that they will continue to make a world of difference in the workplace as well as in their relationships with those around them. Read More →