Recognizing Indigenous Academic Achievement
Red River College is proud to offer Indigenous graduation stoles to recognize the achievements of Indigenous students. Advancing Indigenous achievement is a key priority at Red River College, and the College recognizes the important role it plays in supporting reconciliation efforts in the Province.
A 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 The Seven Sacred Teachings, our intention is to be as inclusive as possible. The stole also includes a cart to represent Métis, and a seal symbol to represent Inuit culture.
In the middle of the stole is the Red River College logo, which rests on the back of the neck. The design lays on red silk to proudly display the College’s brand colour.
Graduates who fill out the form and declare their ancestry as being from the original peoples of this land in North America will be presented with an Indigenous graduation stole as a gift at Convocation to wear over their gown. You are encouraged to wear your stole at the Annual Pow Wow in May.