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Laurier celebrates Aboriginal Education Week

Join us as we celebrate Aboriginal Education Week from March 6-10, 2017 on our Waterloo and Brantford campuses. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. See the highlights of events taking place below.

To learn more about Laurier's Aboriginal initiatives, visit the Aboriginal Students page.

Waterloo Campus

Monday, March 6

Kairos Mass Blanket Exercise

Paul Martin Centre, 9:30 a.m.

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

Register for the event.

Teepee raising

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

Know the Land Campaign

Kitchener Campus, FSW 101, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Learn the importance of knowing about the traditional territory on which we stand. This event is in partnership with Laurier Students' Public Research Group (LSPGR). Contact Cara Loft at cloft@wlu.ca for more information.

Reconciliation: Political Will and Possibilities for Indigenous Language Recovery

Senate and Board Chamber, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A public lecture with Valerie Bellegarde. Contact Sara Matthews at smatthews@wlu.ca for more information.

Round Dance

Paul Martin Centre, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join traditional hand drummers for some round dancing, learn how to side step and enjoy the music. Free and open to the public.

Register for the event.

Contact Corri Arnold at carnold@wlu.ca for more information.

Tuesday, March 7

Soup and Frybread Lunch

187 Albert Street, Waterloo, noon to 2 p.m.

Join the Aboriginal Student’s Association and LSPIRG who will make soup and frybread. Contact ajewell@wlu.ca for more details.

A Tribe Called Red

The Turret, 8 p.m.

The event is funded by the Student Life Levy and is specifically for undergraduate students at Laurier. It is a free and alcohol-free event.

Tickets available at the U-Desk or contact carnold@wlu.ca for questions.

Wednesday, March 8

Elder Teaching

187 Albert Street, 10 a.m. to noon

Learn about Indigenous traditions and stories with Faculty of Social Work elder-in-residence, Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell. Email Corri Arnold at carnold@wlu.ca to register.

Movie: Resilience, Resistance, Strength and Hope

187 Albert Street, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn stories of the Residential School and the Associate Dean, Aboriginal field of study, Kathy Absolon’s beloved mom, Jennie.

Video Installation: A Casual Reconstruction

Robert Langen Art Gallery (located inside the University Library), 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A video installation by Indigenous artist Nadia Myre encouraging honest discussion about identity and mixed identity as Indigenous people.

Free admission – opening reception, artist will be in attendance. All welcome, no RSVP required.

Thursday, March 9

Movie: Six Miles Deep

187 Albert Street, Waterloo, 10 a.m.


Concourse, 1 p.m.

Experience the diversity of the African drum and the Indigenous drum by joining drummers Nii Adicco and Adrian Dion Harjo.

Creative Native

187 Albert Street, Waterloo, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn a traditional indigenous craft with teachings. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., 187 Albert Street. To register email ajewell@wlu.ca.

Friday, March 10

Moccasin Making Workshop

187 Albert Street, 11 a.m.

Learn the skill of moccasin making and leave with a pair of moccasins and Indigenous teachings.

Cost: $60. Registration is required as there is only room for 20 participants.

Brantford Campus

Monday, March 6

Soapstone Carving Workshop with Robert Morgan

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

Making Ribbon Shirts and Dresses

Aboriginal Student Centre, 111 Darling Street, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A workshop teaching students to make their own ribbon shirts and dresses with Judy Taylor from Sew Fashionable.

Tuesday, March 7

Lecture: Louise MacDonald, Our First Environment: A Woman’s Sacred Connection with the Spirit of the Water Throughout All the Stages of Life

Research and Academic Centre West 002, 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

Lecturer: Professor Kari Brozowski.

SOAPworks: Making Facial Lotion

Aboriginal Student Centre, 111 Darling Street, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Students learn how to make their own lotion using essential oils and harvest from the Medicine Garden. 

Lecture: Louise MacDonald: The Role of the Clanmother and the impact of Haudenosaunee Women Leaders in Water Resistance and Activism

Odeon Building 200, 5:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.

Lecturer: Professor James Cairns.

Wednesday, March 8

Soup and Frybread lunch

Aboriginal Student Centre, 111 Darling Street, noon

Thursday, March 9

Lecture: Josephine Mandamin

Research and Academic Centre West 203, 10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

Reflections of Josephine Mandamin the Water Walker. Recognizing our spiritual Connection to Water in the face of Extractive Industry.

Lecturer: Professor Darren Thomas.

Lecture: Josephine Mandamin: Honouring the Water, Engaging our Allies – Social Justice Research and Professionalization

97 Dalhousie 208, 4 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

Forum. Lecturer: Professor James Cairns.

Friday, March 10

Lecture: Ellie Joseph and Two Row on the Grand Organizers – Truth and Reconciliation, Friendship and Alliances on our Waterways

Research and Academic Centre West 202, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lecturer: Professor Beverly Jacobs.