BU celebration of Indigenous excellence begins this month

Tipis in front of Brandon University, with red, yellow, white and grey tints to different parts of the image

Brandon University (BU) will celebrate Indigenous excellence with a series of events, beginning in mid-February and running until late March.

Coordinated by the Indigenous Peoples’ Centre (IPC) at BU, the events will include talks, cultural activities and entertainment. The first event will be a guest talk by Manitoba Métis Federation Minister Will Goodon on Indigenous identity theft from a Métis perspective. It will take place on Monday, Feb. 12, beginning at noon in the Gathering Space of the John E. Robbins Library. Other events will include a celebration on Thursday, Feb. 15 in advance of Louis Riel Day. Taking place from noon until 2 p.m., in the IPC, the event will include fiddling and lunch. Brandon University will be closed on Louis Riel Day, on Monday, Feb. 19.

Other groups around campus are invited to host their own events in alignment with the Indigenous excellence celebration. Contact IPC Director Julia Stoneman-Sinclair at Stoneman-SinclairJ@BrandonU.ca to participate.

The IPC will also be recognizing Indigenous students, allies, faculty and staff. Nominations may be emailed to IPC@BrandonU.ca and should include the person’s name, field of study and an introduction paragraph that can be shared with the campus community.

The initial list of events includes (more will be added):

Monday, Feb. 12Speaker: Will Goodon – Indigenous Identity Theft from a Métis PerspectiveNoon, Library Gathering Space
Wednesday, Feb. 14Wear Red in Honour of MMIW2SGIPC
Thursday, Feb. 15Louis Riel Day CelebrationNoon to 2 p.m., IPC
Thursday, Feb. 22Ribbon Skirt WorkshopNoon to 2 p.m., IPC
Friday, Feb. 23Movie NightEvans Theatre, IPC
Wednesday, Feb. 28Kinnikinnick Harvesting1:30 to 3 p.m., Road to Rivers
Wednesday, Feb. 28Paint Night with Jessie Januska5:30 to 7:30 p.m., IPC
Thursday, Feb. 29BU Teachings House: Storytelling, Identity and WellbeingNoon to 2 p.m., He Oyate Tawapi
Thursday, Feb. 29Tufting with Kevin McKenzie2 to 4 p.m., IPC
Saturday, March 2Round Dance5 to 10 p.m., Down Under
Monday, March 4Barb’s BirthdayNoon to 1 p.m., IPC
Tuesday, March 5Status Card Clinic9 a.m. to 5 p.m., IPC
Tuesday, March 5Speaker: Lorraine Mayer2:30 to 3:30 pm.., He Oyate Tawapi
Wednesday, March 6Métis Card Info Session1:30 to 3 p.m., IPC
Thursday, March 7Rattle Making Workshop1:30 to 3 p.m., IPC
Friday, March 8Growth Mindset Bingo3:30 to 5:30 p.m., IPC
Monday, March 11Sharing Circle with Tipi, Fire and Bannock on a Stick5 to 6 p.m., Courtyard Ceremonial Firepit
Wednesday, March 20IPC’s Got Talent5 to 7 p.m., Evans Theatre
Thursday, March 21Teachings House: Winter SolsticeHe Oyate Tawapi
Tuesday, March 26Horse Creek Drum GroupMusic Building


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