Elders-in-Residence

RRC Polytech Elders-in-Residence Cultural Centre Schedule
October – December 2021

Spend time with Elder Paul Guimond and Ms. Una Swan as they host virtual drop-in centres, workshops, teachings, as well as open their door for in-person appointments.

Activities and schedule subject to change and in response to special College-wide events and holidays. Virtual sessions will be hosted via Microsoft Teams. This schedule runs until December 17, 2021.

Mondays

Elder’s Lodge with Ms. Una
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Microsoft Teams
Virtual drop-in centre. Build connections, hear stories, and learn more about Indigenous culture.

Tuesdays

Ms. Una Office Hours at Notre Dame Campus (F209)
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Students and staff can book a time slot by emailing Stephanie Wright. Elder’s availability depending on the in-class support they are offering.

Artistically creative cultural workshops with Ms. Una
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Microsoft Teams (Click to launch meeting.)
Materials will be supplied for students. More to come.

Wednesdays

Ms. Una Drop-In Hours at Exchange District Campus (P407)
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Students and staff can book a time slot by emailing Stephanie Wright. Click to launch meeting.

Ms. Una Staff and Faculty Sewing Circle 
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm | Virtual or in-person  (Click to launch meeting.)

Thursdays

Elder’s Lodge with Elder Paul Guimond
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Microsoft Teams (Click to launch meeting.)
Virtual drop-in centre. Build connections, hear stories, and learn more about Indigenous culture.

Fridays

Workshops with Elder Paul Guimond
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Microsoft Teams (Click to launch meeting.)

Elder Paul Guimond Drop-In Hours at Notre Dame Campus (F209)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fan down with Elder Paul Guimond)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A fan down is a smudging ceremony, and is a way to let go of the week’s energies before heading into your weekend.

For any questions or to book an appointment with an Elder, please contact Stephanie Wright.

Connect on Teams!

Students and staff can join the new Elder’s Microsoft Teams site to easily access events, add them to your calendar, and receive notifications. Virtual events and workshops will be hosted via Microsoft Teams.

To join, use code: l317iay
(Select Teams in the side bar of Microsoft Teams (right below chats), click join team in the top right corner, enter the code.)

About Elders-in-Residence

Indigenous world views are centered on relationships and their value – relationships which connect us with ourselves, each other, our environment, and our Creator. It is through our interactions with one another that we are able to form good relations and share valuable life teachings. Elders have always held a positions of high esteem and importance; they are the living libraries that hold the wisdom, history and cultural knowledge of our Nations.

Indigenous Education is stronger at Red River College Polytechnic with the support of our Elders and Knowledge Keepers and through partnerships with the broader Indigenous community.

Our Elders-in-Residence are here to support education through Indigenous ways of teaching, learning and leading. They play an important role in student and staff health, wellness, and cultural and spiritual development. They are here to support all students and staff at Red River College Polytechnic. Located in the Indigenous Student Support Centres at the Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses, Elders-in-Residence offer cultural teaching sessions, one-on-one appointments, classroom visits and lead ceremonies.

Paul Guimond

Paul Guimond is part of the Turtle Clan and his spirit name is Okonace (Little Eagle Bone). He and his wife Kim have three children, 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Paul is a Sundance Bundle Carrier (Chief), Sweat Lodge Bundle Carrier (Water drum) and Dark Room Bundle Carrier. He studied Counselling Skills at the University of Manitoba. In Sagkeeng, Paul sat on Chief & Council for 20 years and served as the School Board Chairman for ten years. He is an active elder with Addictions Foundation of Manitoba and Sagkeeng Child & Family Services, offering healing, spiritual growth and personal development through ceremony, programming and establishing healthy relationships. Paul is also a certified coach in hockey, baseball and lacrosse. Paul joined the Elder-in-Residence Program at Red River College Polytechnic in 2018.

Una Swan

Una Swan is a band member of Fisher River Cree Nation. She is 53-years-old and has three boys and one grandson. She says she is very close to her culture, both from a physical and spiritual aspect. She has worked at various grassroots organizations over the past 20 years as Aboriginal Cultural and Spiritual Liaison and as an Elder. She is a teaching and healing Elder. She has found this work to be giving, receiving and extremely rewarding. Of her various places of employment, she says one of her more memorable places was St. Amant Centre. Working there gave her a new perspective on her own life and the lives of others.

For students looking to speak with an Elder, please use the contact us form.

As part of our national journey with Reconciliation, we encourage all our Red River College Polytechnic Community to learn more about the role of our Elders and to connect with them. If you would like to meet with an Elder or discuss requesting an Elder for a teaching, sharing or healing circle, or learn more about how time with an Elder can help support your curricular outcomes, please use the request form on Staff Forum.