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March 3, 2017
For Immediate Release

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University invites the community to experience its annual weeklong series of events that highlight the contributions of Aboriginal knowledge to education. A series of events will take place from March 6-10 on Laurier’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses.

“Aboriginal Education Week is an opportunity for the Laurier community to not only learn about contemporary Indigenous issues such as language recovery, but it is also an opportunity to experience Indigenous art, music, film and meet and develop relationships with a variety of Indigenous people through social events and doing workshops together,” said Jean Becker, Laurier’s senior advisor: Aboriginal Initiatives.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. The following are highlights of events taking place on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. For additional information, please contact, Corri Arnold at carnold@wlu.ca.

Monday, March 6

Kairos Mass Blanket Exercise

An interactive reconciliation exercise that captures the events of history and its impact on First Nations people in Canada.
9:30 a.m., Paul Martin Centre
Visit the website to register.

Teepee raising

12:30 p.m., The Quad, outdoor area in front of the Fred Nichols Campus Centre.

Public Lecture:

Reconciliation: Political Will and Possibilities for Indigenous Language Recovery with Valerie Bellegarde
4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Senate & Board Chamber.
Contact Sara Matthews at smatthews@wlu.ca for more information.

Round Dance

Join traditional hand drummers for some round dancing, learn how to side step and enjoy the music.
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Paul Martin Centre.
Free and open to the public – to register. Contact Corri Arnold at carnold@wlu.ca for more information.

Tuesday, March 7

Soup and Frybread lunch

Join the Aboriginal Students Association and Laurier Students' Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG), who will make soup and frybread.
Noon to 2 p.m., 187 Albert Street, Waterloo.
Contact ajewell@wlu.ca for more details.

Wednesday, March 8

Elder teaching with Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell

Learn about Indigenous traditions and stories with Faculty of Social Work elder-in-residence, Banakonda.
10 a.m. to noon, 187 Albert Street.
Email Corri Arnold at carnold@wlu.ca to register.

Movie “Resilience, Resistance, Strength and Hope” with Kathy Absolon, associate dean, Aboriginal Field of Study

Learn stories of the Residential School and Absolon’s beloved mom, Jennie.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m., 187 Albert Street

The following events will take place on Laurier’s Brantford campus. For additional information, please contact, Bonnie Whitlow at bwhitlow@wlu.ca

Monday, March 6

Soapstone Carving Workshop with Robert Morgan

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aboriginal Student Centre, 111 Darling Street.

Tuesday, March 7

Public Lecture:

Louise MacDonald, Our First Environment - A Woman’s Sacred Connection with the Spirit of the Water throughout all the stages of life.
11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., Research & Academic Centre West 002. Lecturer: Professor Kari Brozowski.

Public Lecture:

Louise MacDonald - The Role of the Clanmother and the impact of Haudenosaunee Women Leaders in Water Resistance and Activism
5:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., Odeon Building 200.
Lecturer: Professor James Cairns.

Wednesday, March 8

Soup and Frybread lunch

Noon, Aboriginal Student Centre, 111 Darling Street.

Thursday, March 9

Public Lecture:

Josephine Mandamin - Reflections of Josephine Mandamin the Water Walker. Recognizing our spiritual Connection to Water in the face of Extractive Industry
10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m., Research & Academic Centre West 203.
Lecturer: Professor Darren Thomas.

For more information about Laurier’s Aboriginal initiatives, click here.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Kandice Baptiste, Manager
Aboriginal Initiatives
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x5573 

E: kbaptiste@wlu.ca 

Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070

E: kcrowley@wlu.ca

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