Week Aims to Boost Awareness of Aboriginal Issues, People
You can sample venison and bannock, learn about emerging trends in aboriginal research or be entertained by powwow-style dance performances. Those are just some of the highlights of U of G's third annual Aboriginal Awareness Week running Oct. 15 to 18.
Organized by the Aboriginal Resource Centre and the Aboriginal Student Association in collaboration with various academic and administrative departments on campus, the four days of events are free and open to the public.
“This week gives faculty, staff and students opportunities to understand aboriginal issues and people,” says Jaime Mishibinijima, aboriginal student adviser and manager of the Office of Intercultural Affairs. “The more the University community understands, the more effectively faculty and staff can work with aboriginal students.”
The week kicks off Monday with the Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being launching new resource materials based on recent research on indigenous fatherhood. The materials are the result of the Indigenous Fathers Project carried out by the Father Involvement Research Alliance based at U of G. This is the first research project in Canada to explore First Nations and Métis fathers' experiences. The session runs from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Room 103 of the University Centre.
This will be followed by a food sampling and dance exhibition in the UC courtyard from noon to 1 p.m. The White Pine Dance group will perform, and there will be samples of aboriginal food from across Canada, including rabbit, venison, wild rice and bannock.
On Tuesday, Jessica Dunkley, a physiotherapist who is part of the National Aboriginal Role Model Program, will talk about challenges, opportunities and scholarships for aboriginal people in the health-care field from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Aboriginal Resource Centre.
A session on aboriginal research ethics runs Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon in UC 103. Lenore Manitowabi of the Noojmowin Teg Health Centre on Manitoulin Island will discuss guidelines for ethical aboriginal research.
The week wraps up Thursday with a talk by Mark Solomon, manager of aboriginal student services at Seneca College, on understanding how aboriginal students make the transition from their community to university, identifying their different learning styles and recognizing what they contribute to the classroom, residence life and extracurricular activities. It runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in UC 103.
For more information about Aboriginal Awareness Week, visit the website www.studentlife.uoguelph.ca/arc/aaw.cfm.