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Feb. 25, 2015
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University invites the community to celebrate and learn about Aboriginal culture during Aboriginal Education Week, taking place from March 2 to March 7 on Laurier’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses.

A teepee raising in the Quad outside the Fred Nichols Centre on Laurier’s Waterloo campus will provide a strong visual start to the week of festivities taking place on both campuses, which range from a talk and exhibition by artist Kent Monkman and traditional Aboriginal dance lessons to a Métis blanket workshop.

“We are proud to share our Aboriginal culture with the wider community through Aboriginal Education Week,” said Jean Becker, Laurier’s senior advisor: Aboriginal Initiatives. “I encourage everyone to join us to learn about our heritage and about our programming – from academic courses to the community medicinal gardens and soup and frybread lunches we offer at our Aboriginal Student Centres.”

Monday, March 2

Waterloo campus:

  • 10 a.m.: Teepee raising in the Quad, outside the Fred Nichols Centre.
  • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Open House at the Aboriginal Student Centre, 187 Albert St.
  • 7 p.m.: Indigenous Allyship Event, Senate and Board Chamber.

Brantford campus:

  • 1 p.m.: “Global Crisis and Resistance,” with land defender Janie Jamieson, Turtle Clan, Mohawk Nation, DC101.

Tuesday, March 3

Waterloo campus:

  • Noon – 2 p.m.: Soup and Frybread Lunch, Aboriginal Student Centre.
  • 3 p.m.: Drum Circle in the Quad.

Brantford campus:

  • 2 p.m.: "Indigenous Peoples in the Popular Imagination," with professor Lianne Leddy and Bonnie Freeman, Algonquin/Mohawk, CT487B.

Wednesday, March 4

Waterloo campus:

  • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Tune in to Moccasin Tales on Radio Laurier.
  • 4 p.m.: Kent Monkman lecture, “Urban Res Studies,” Senate and Board Chamber.

Brantford campus:

  • 1 p.m.: Yellow Brick Wall featured Ojibway artist Rene Meshake discusses his artistic practice, RCE 319.
  • 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: The Frugal Foodie Cooking Class with Farmer Joe Food, Aboriginal Student Centre, 111 Darling St.

Thursday, March 5

Waterloo campus:

  • 10 a.m. – noon: Traditional Aboriginal Dance Lessons, Athletic Complex, Studio 2.
  • 2 p.m.: Aboriginal movie Elijah at the Aboriginal Student Centre (space is limited, contact carnold@wlu.ca to register).
  • 7 p.m.: "Two-Spirited Event: The Resurgence of a Tradition," with Cassandra Puckett, Mac House Lounge.

Brantford campus:

  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Soup and frybread luncheon, Aboriginal Student Centre, 111 Darling St.

Friday, March 6

Waterloo campus:

10 a.m. – noon: Aboriginal Creative Writing Workshop with Sonnet L’Abbe and Darren Thomas, Aboriginal Student Centre.
2 p.m.: Métis Blanket Workshop, Aboriginal Student Centre.

Brantford campus:

  • 11:30 a.m.: “Aging, Realities and Myths,” Bob Antone with Kari Brozowski, RCW 004.
  • 1 p.m.: “Haudenosaunee Masculinities,” Bob Antone with Kim Anderson, RCE 319.

Saturday, March 7

Waterloo campus:

  • 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.: "Bridging Communities Through Song," Knox Presbyterian Church (tickets $20, contact carnold@wlu.ca); dinner at 6 p.m. (tickets $10).

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Jean Becker, Senior Advisor
Aboriginal Initiatives
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x4084

E: jbecker@wlu.ca

Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070

E: kcrowley@wlu.ca

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