Campuses celebrate National Aboriginal Day

The culture of Canada’s first peoples will be honoured this week, as tomorrow (June 21) is National Aboriginal Day.

The culture of Canada’s first peoples will be honoured this week, as tomorrow (June 21) is National Aboriginal Day.

Royal Roads University hosts a pow wow, beginning  at noon and is open to the public.

There will be dancers, singers and drummers.

As well, bannock and fruit will be provided.

Poster presentations will be displayed on research being conducted by RRU staff and students.

The presentations will include the combination of Western science and aboriginal ways of knowing, as well as how to include First Nations knowledge and traditions into a nature kindergarten program.

The presentations run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event is at the Learning and Innovation Centre at RRU, 2005 Sooke Rd.

At the University of Victoriahe Office of Indigenous Affairs and First Peoples House is hosting an Indigenous student orientation program from June 18 to 21.

The program is aimed at providing adult learners from across Canada the opportunity to travel to UVic to learn about programs and services.

Participants will be honoured at a ceremony at First Peoples House from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on June 21.

At the same time (1:30 to 3 p.m. June 21) at the Aboriginal Gathering Place, Na’tsa’maht, on Camosun College’s Landsdowne Campus, will host a traditional welcome followed by performances from Victoria’s Unity Drummers, the Ahousaht Drummers, a traditional medicine workshop with Della Rice Sylvester, a kids market and a smoked salmon barbecue with bannock.

The event is a collaboration between UVic’s Office of Indigenous Affairs and Camosun’s Aboriginal Education Community Connections Office and CUPE 2081 with the support of TD Bank and VanCity.

–With files from Natalie North

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