Students and staff at Calgary's Bow Valley College are getting the chance to participate in events such as teachings from Cultural Resource Elders, Indigenous Dance exhibitions, a film screening, and many more events.
“Indigenous Awareness Month is related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action that we become educated about our Indigenous peoples, know their histories, their cultures, and their languages,” says Noella Wells, Iniikokaan Centre Director at Bow Valley College.
The Iniikokaan Centre first recognized Indigenous Awareness Month in June 2014, to align with National Indigenous (Aboriginal) Day, which takes place annually on June 21st. However, this year, the College Awareness Month was moved to March because there are more students on campus during the Winter term than Spring and Summer.
Indigenous Awareness Month is for the entire College community: students, employees, executive members, Cultural Resource Elders, and special guests.
Indigenous students will speak at the Indigenous Showcase, while others will take part in other ways, including volunteering at events throughout the month.
On Wednesday, March 27, all seven Cultural Resource Elders will participate in a panel called Good Medicine.
Full details on Indigenous Awareness Month at Bow Valley College