As Northern College students settle in to the new semester, they’ll be getting an opportunity to experience the traditions and culture of Canada’s first peoples. The sixth-annual Indigenous Cultural Awareness Week will be celebrated at all four of Northern College’s campuses through a variety of activities and learning opportunities designed to promote a deeper understanding of Indigenous traditions.
“It’s to highlight what the Natives have and what they went through,” said Timmins campus Indigenous Elder David Faries. “There are very few people who will know the rights of passage that we went through, the rights of passage actually was a process that made honorable people.”
As students pursue higher learning, Northern College is encouraging the pursuit of deeper understanding regarding social and cultural traditions.
Events will take place throughout the week of Sept. 17th to 21st at the Timmins, Kirkland Lake and Haileybury Campuses while Moosonee Campus will host its week from Sept. 24 to 28. Events, which are open to everyone, will encompass a wide variety of topics and activities including cultural movies, artifacts and discussions alongside archery competitions, games and music. Fred Gibbons, Northern College’s president and chief executive officer, said, “The Indigenous Cultural Awareness Week is an important aspect of Northern College’s new academic year orientation activities. The celebration is part of the college’s commitment to cultural learning and cultural capacity building amongst students and staff alike.” For more information and a more detailed schedule of events, visit northerncollege.ca or Northern College’s social media sites.