Indigenous Education

Save the Date: Truth and Reconciliation Week 2022

August 31, 2022

All RRC Polytech students and staff are invited to participate in our fourth annual Truth and Reconciliation Week, September 26-29, 2022.

Through a mix of in-person and virtual events offered by departments from across the College, immerse yourself in Indigenous teachings, story-telling and experiences to evolve your understanding of history and current issues impacting Indigenous people, reconciliation efforts and society as a whole. Help spark a conversation around Truth and Reconciliation and contribute to understanding, healing and stronger relationships.

Some of the themes that will be touched on this year are Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit, Residential Schools, Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters, Indigenous languages, anti-racism, and Immersive Stories, as well as some staff only professional development around Indigenous Research Methodologies and Indigegogy. eTV studio’s powerful and emotional Truth and Reconciliation Immersion Room tours will be available to book that will take you on a journey of history and hope. There will also be an opportunity for all to celebrate Indigenous cultures at the Community Kitchen Party.

Stay tuned for full event details by watching your Student and Staff news. In-person events will primarily be hosted over lunch hours.

Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters – Group Photo

To recognize Residential School Survivors and those who did not make it home, and the College’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, staff and students are invited to participate in a group photo in advance of Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters, September 30, 2022.

Wear an orange shirt and join us on Wednesday, September 7, at 12:15 p.m. at the Notre Dame Campus Medicine Wheel Garden. The Medicine Wheel Garden is located past the NDC Greenhouse, click here to view a map.

Orange t-shirts, designed by local artist, Peatr Thomas, in support of the Mínwastánikéwin Truth and Reconciliation Award, were created this year in partnership by RRC Polytech’s School of Indigenous Education and the Campus Store. The t-shirts are now available the Exchange District and Notre Dame Campus Stores, with all proceeds going directly to the Mínwastánikéwin Truth and Reconciliation Award.

Please note that photos and/or video footage will be shared internally as well as on RRC Polytech’s social media and website.

Staff Development: Indigenous Research Methodologies with Dr. Shawn Wilson

Research is an important area at RRC Polytech that helps to guide the work we do. Dr. Shawn Wilson, from Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and author of Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods will be at the College during Truth and Reconciliation Week to share his knowledge about Indigenous research methodologies. We invite you to join us on a learning journey where we will view research through a holistic and relational lens and one rooted in ceremony.

Shawn will share with us the elements of an Indigenous research paradigm, OCAP and FPIC principles, and how to weave Indigenous traditions and practices into a research process and share with us the specific principles that need to be considered and applied when entering into research with Indigenous Peoples and Nations.

When: September 26, 2022, 9:00 a.m.
Where: The Roundhouse, second floor of Manitou a bi Bii daziigae

Further details, including registration information, will be provided soon.

RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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