Month: September 2021

Brandon University intends to permanently mark the first-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with the commissioning of a piece of public art.
Kevin McKenzie
The University has asked celebrated Cree/Métis artist Kevin McKenzie to develop a proposal for the art, with hopes that it can be completed and installed by spring.
“Art is a language that can communicate in the profound, challenging, and universal way that Truth and Reconciliation demands,” said BU President David Docherty, who noted that the suggestion to commission Indigenous art for the community was brought to him after Brandon University’s Day of Mourning and Reflection, earlier this year.

Following a successful pilot in the School of Music, Brandon University has approved a full Vaccination Policy that will require all members of the BU community be fully vaccinated or seek an approved exemption.
As previously announced, full vaccination will be the default expectation at Brandon University after Oct. 31. Campus building access will be by approved key card access only, which includes employee key fobs and BU Student ID cards.

As the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation approaches on Thursday, Brandon University (BU) is welcoming all to gather, listen and learn about Indigenous culture and the harmful history of Canada’s residential schools.
Most campus services will be closed on Thursday, but BU encourages everyone to take time for reflection on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and to participate in community events.

The Department of Geography and Environment at Brandon University (BU) is excited to host the 44th annual conference of the Prairie Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) this week.
The event will take place virtually, on Friday and Saturday.

A large fire in downtown Brandon last night devastated an apartment block near Brandon University, and we know multiple members of our BU community were affected. While we do not know the full extent of the loss, we know it is severe.

The 44th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition (E-Gré) for the performance of Canadian and contemporary music is pleased to announce its 2021 prize winners:
Julien Siino
1st Prize
Julien Siino (with pianist Edward Liddall)
2nd Prize
Isabella Perron (with pianist Todd Yaniw)
3rd Prize
Ariel Carrabré (with pianist Michel-Alexandre Broekaert)
City of Brandon Prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work
Julien Siino (with pianist Edward Liddall)
Finalist Prizes (in alphabetical order)
Christopher Hwang (with pianist Younggun Kim)
Julia Mirzoev (with pianist Meagan Milatz)
David Liam Roberts (with pianist Godwin Friesen)
On September 18 and 19, 2021, six of Canada’s best emerging string players performed live-streamed recitals for the 44th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition (E-Gré) in Strings. The E-Gré Competition began in 1976 and is the most important annual Canadian and contemporary music competition.

Elders, Knowledge Keepers, community members, and Indigenous organizations across Manitoba have ‘pulled together’ to work alongside Assiniboine Community College, Brandon University (BU), and Campus Manitoba to adapt the Pulling Together Foundations Guide for western Manitoba.
Pulling Together: Manitoba Foundations Guide (Brandon Edition) is an open educational resource that is available to all. The cover art was created by Emery Knight and based on the piece Pulling Together by Lou-ann Neel, a Kwakwaka’wakw artist.

Faculty, staff and students in the Brandon University School of Music are currently piloting the University’s draft vaccine policy, which aims to have everyone on campus vaccinated by the end of October.
Users of the BU Healthy Living Centre, as well as some visitors to Food Services, also have stricter vaccination requirements to follow, under new provincial public health orders.