Feb. 24, 2020
For Immediate Release
Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University will host its ninth annual Indigenous Education Week, a series of public events that highlight the contributions of Indigenous knowledge to education. Events will take place from March 2 to 6 on Laurier’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses.
“Indigenous Education Week is an ideal opportunity to expand perspectives while celebrating the diversity of Indigeneity at Laurier,” said Melissa Ireland, Laurier’s director: Indigenous Initiatives. “The Office of Indigenous Initiatives, alongside staff at the Indigenous Student Centres and students, have developed unique programming opportunities to inclusively reach the mind, body, heart and spirits of all participants. All are welcome to participate, learn and reflect together.”
The film nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up documents the 2016 death of Colten Boushie and the subsequent acquittal of Gerald Stanley. Following the film, director Tasha Hubbard will present a public lecture about the film and the history of colonialism in the Canadian Prairies.
Alicia Elliott, an award-winning Haudenosaunee writer, will present a lecture titled "It's Called ‘Genocide:’ On the Power of Words and the Responsibility of the Media Regarding Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People."
“Missing and Murdered Indigenous People in Canada” is a webinar led by Laurier alumna Jennifer Mt. Pleasant (MA ‘17) that explores Indigenous people and societies in the pre-colonial, early-colonial and post-colonial contact eras.
Something Cold and Hard like Winter features images, triptychs and a short film by Shelley Niro, a multi-media artist from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle Clan.
Colleen Davis, an entrepreneur from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Mohawk Nation, Bear Clan, will present a lecture titled “Land Reclamation, Six Nations, Support of Wet’suwe’ten: A Woman’s Duty: Protecting the Land for Future Generations.” The lecture is presented in collaboration with Laurier’s Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in recognition of International Women’s Day.
Learn more about Indigenous initiatives at Laurier.
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