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Brandon University hosting events for National Indigenous Peoples Day

This year, National Indigenous Peoples Day was Tuesday, June 21 and Brandon University celebrated to honour Indigenous peoples and cultures. Activities planned for the campus included a BU Teaching House honouring the change of seasons at summer solstice, and a guest speaker on Indigenous Education & Residential Schools.  The newly expanded ceremonial firepit for the campus will serve as a gathering place and is designed to look like a turtle from above. The plants around it include traditional sage, used for smudging.

Tipis in front of Clark Hall at Brandon University.

RRC Polytech adopts 2SLGBTQIA+ acronym and raises Progress Pride flag

RRC Polytech began this year’s Pride celebration with the raising of the Progress Pride flag at both the Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses. After consultation with the Elders in Residence and Knowledge Keepers Council, the College will use the acronym 2SLGTBQIA+ to respectfully acknowledge members of the Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and the countless affirmative ways in which people choose to self-identify community.

“I’ve always advocated to recognize Two Spirit first because if we are going to talk about truth and reconciliation within Canada and recognize and acknowledge Indigenous people, including Two Spirit people, we should put them at the beginning. I’ve never understood why we are at the end,” says Barbara Bruce, O.M., All My Relations Inc., and RRC Polytech Knowledge Keepers Council.

“Placing the 2S at the beginning of the acronym is recognizing the original peoples of Canada — First Nation, Métis Nation and Inuit Two Spirit people — and it’s acknowledging who those people are. I think everybody should embrace this stance.”

RRCP at The Pride Winnipeg Parade in

Collation des grades : l’USB remet 318 diplômes

À l’occasion de sa collation des grades, l’Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) a décerné 318 diplômes lors de trois cérémonies de remise de parchemins qui ont eu lieu le lundi 13 juin et le mardi 14 juin à la Cathédrale de Saint-Boniface. Les nombreux récipiendaires de prix et de médailles ont également été reconnus durant ces évènements.

« Je félicite vivement les finissantes et finissants qui se joignent aujourd’hui à notre Réseau des diplômés, exprime la rectrice de l’USB, Sophie Bouffard. Je leur souhaite de demeurer engagés avec passion, intégrité et créativité dans la réalisation de leurs ambitions, et qu’ils savourent bien ce moment joyeux. »

UCN announces new program to help applicants prepare for Diploma in Practical Nursing

University College of the North (UCN) announced a new program to help applicants prepare for the Diploma in Practical Nursing (DPN) program. This program was created in reponse to the Manitoba government’s multi-year investment of up to $4.3 million for additional nurse training seats at the UCN learning centres in Thompson, Flin Flon, and Swan River.

“Recruitment and retention of professionals in rural and northern regions is always a challenge, and the best, most cost-effective solution is to grow our own and ensure northern people are in northern jobs,” said Doug Lauvstad, University College of the North President and Vice-Chancellor. “UCN is committed to helping address the nursing shortage both in the north and in the province.”

Manitoba Indigenous Tuberculosis History Project launches new website

To coincide with National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Manitoba Indigenous Tuberculosis History Project (MITHR) has launched a brand-new website, IndigenousTBHistory.ca, with access to educational and historical resources about Indigenous patients at the tuberculosis hospitals.

“The Manitoba Indigenous Tuberculosis History Project is an attractive, informative, and engaging site for public information on the history of tuberculosis in Manitoba,” said Dr. Mary Jane Logan McCallum, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous People, History, and Archives, as well as Professor in The University of Winnipeg’s Department of History. “I think of it as part museum, part archives, part research course, and part scrapbook. It offers a range of points of entry into the past, from a list of open-access reference materials and media coverage of the project to general information to those who may be learning about this past for the first time.”

Manitoba Indigenous Tuberculosis History Project Research Director Dr. Erin Millions (left) and Project Lead Dr. Mary Jane Logan McCallum (right).

2022 Indigenous Initiatives Fund (IIF) recipients

The Indigenous Initiatives Fund (IIF) is open to faculties, schools, colleges, libraries administrative units and, new to 2022, student groups. With the addition of student groups to those eligible to apply, the IIF selection committee selected 13 new projects with a total of $430, 491.20 in funds. Mawachihitotaak (Let’s Get Together): Métis Studies Symposium that was held virtually from May 3-6, 2022 was one of the 13 funded projects. This virtual gathering had 55 sessions, 118 presenters (95% Métis) and 900 people attended throughout the four-day event.  

“The ability to gather and hold space together with so many incredibly talented Métis artists, community organizers, and scholars was so energizing and generative. It was great to hear about all of the beautiful work being done across the homelands and throughout the diaspora. Sometimes academia focuses on citing the same scholars over and over again, but this gathering was a terrific reminder of the breadth and depth of knowledge within our community. I loved hearing from community members and artists who work outside of academic spaces – so much of the nation building work happens on the ground with grassroots organizing and Métis folks building and rebuilding kinship ties with each other, and I think it’s really important that we highlight those stories too.” Lucy Fowler says. 

MAWACHIHITOTAAK: LET'S GET TOGETHER SYMPOSIUM GRAPHIC.

Staff Spotlight: Cecil Roulette

My name is Cecil Roulette. I’ve been an employee at Assiniboine for over 20 years. As we’ve expanded our team and department, my title has changed over the years. My current title is Indigenous student success advisor. I work with Indigenous students and other student success advisors for each of the programs at Assiniboine. We work with students and help sort out any problems or difficulties they may have and try to set them up as best we can to ensure they have every chance to succeed during their time here at the college. It’s not only academic based; students can reach out to us about anything: personal conflicts or even financial problems they may be facing. Our job is to point them in the right direction even if that means connecting with resources outside Assiniboine that are available to them.

Campus Manitoba is a consortium of Manitoba’s public universities and colleges. Through collaborative projects and shared services, we facilitate student mobility and expand access to post-secondary programs for students in Manitoba. In addition to campusmanitoba.ca, our websites include ecoursesmb.casetyourcourse.ca, and openedmb.ca.

Looking for more news? Read June’s Post-Secondary News Roundup here.

The Manitoba Post-Secondary News Roundup will be back in September. Have a safe and enjoyable summer.

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