Red River College’s annual Indigenous Celebration is moving online Friday, May 7, 2021, live at noon on the Indigenous Education Facebook page with special messages, stories and performances to honour RRC’s Indigenous students. All are invited and encourage to tune and celebrate with us!
This is the second year the event will be held virtually in lieu of the College’s Pow Wow. RRC’s Pow Wow has been a point of pride for the College for over 20 years and has been a tremendous way to honour, celebrate, and make Indigenous culture and ceremonies more accessible for the College community.
“We are excited to create a place online that makes our students feel special, honours their achievements, and holds space for Indigenous culture and teachings,” says Isabel Bright, Dean, Indigenous Education. “While we still cannot gather safely to celebrate, it’s important that we create moments for students to be recognized, provide opportunities for Indigenous knowledge to lead, and remind students and alumni they are part of this amazing community that is cheering them on.”
“It’s also an opportunity to create inspiration! Representation matters so much, and Indigenous youth need to see and hear success stories from all different industries. It can be very powerful to see someone from your community thriving, and during the event we’re going to hear from some students who have been flourishing in this online learning environment. Their achievements not only represent all the hard work and determination they’ve put in over the past year, and everything that has lead them individually to their path, they also represent the resiliency of their ancestors and the deep rooted history of the lands we are living, working and learning on.”
RRC Indigenous students are invited to register to be included in the online celebration through a student slide show, which will emulate a traditional Pow Wow grand entry by shining a spotlight on each student, and receive a mailed gift by completing the form at rrc.ca/indigenous/virtual-celebration. (Registration is optional for Indigenous students, no registration required for attendees/viewers.)
As part of the gift, First Nations, Inuit and Metis students will receive a Red River College Indigenous stole that was created to recognize the achievements of Indigenous students. This stole is an academic regalia sash that is draped over the shoulders to denote academic achievement. The stole was designed with symbols for The Seven Sacred Teachings, a set of teachings on human conduct towards others. While we recognize that not all First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures and histories recognize these teachings, our intention is to be as inclusive as possible. The stole includes a cart to represent Métis, and a seal symbol to represent Inuit culture. The Assiniboine and Red rivers are also represented throughout the design, which lays on red silk to proudly display the College’s brand colour.
RRC 21st Annual Indigenous Celebration
Friday, May 7, 2020 | 12:00 pm
Virtual: Red River College – Indigenous Education Facebook Page
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