Cul­tural aware­ness

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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 north­ern­col­ or North­ern Col­lege’s so­cial me­dia sites.

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