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Coordinator, First Peoples Centre
Orenda Boucher
Office: 2D.0
  Local: 1192

May Bulletin


Earth Week events – April 18-22, 2016

Volunteers needed!

Hi everyone! As most of you may know, the First Peoples’ Centre will be breaking ground this week with our Three Sisters Garden. We are looking for volunteers to come out on Thursday, April 21st, from 1-4pm to help clean up our garden area near Conrod’s. Let me know if you can come by, either in-person, or by signing up at this link, even if just for an hour! We’ll provide the needed tools, etc. just be sure to wear closed-toe shoes (sneakers are fine).

Here’s some information about the Garden:

The Three Sisters Garden is a joint initiative between Sustainable Dawson (Dawson Gardens), the First People’s Centre and the Peace Centre. The garden itself will be installed in the Conrod’s courtyard area where the raised beds are located. The purpose behind this initiative is:

  • To install a living acknowledgement of this land being Indigenous land;
  • To concretely act on one of recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that urges all institutions to repudiate the doctrine of discovery;
  • To donate the harvest to a local indigenous organization that works in urban food security such as the Roundhouse Café in Cabot Square;
  • To provide a bridge between extra-curricular and curricular activities whereby the garden becomes an opportunity to both “do Peace” and to provide opportunities for innovative pedagogy.

Tea & Talk

Our last three Thursday Tea & Talk sessions will bring current issues in Canadian-Indigenous relations to the forefront:

April 28: A discussion of Indigenous issues in Quebec’s French-language media, led by Humanities teacher Martine Gosselin.

May 5: Acknowledging traditional territories: What does this mean and why is it important to decolonisation? Join our First Peoples Coordinator, Orenda, and Indigenous law expert Anjali Choksi for this discussion.

These sessions will take place in 3F.43 between 1 and 3 pm. You are welcome to attend at whatever time fits your schedule. Refreshments will be served!

Indigenous Days – April 12 to 14, 2016

SKA’NIKÓN:RA – One mind, we are thinking as one

There will be cooking, film screenings, dancing, beading, music, gardening and much more! Times and locations of workshops can be found in the schedule. Contact bpoirier@dawsoncollege.qc.ca to reserve a spot for your class. Join us!

Schedule of activities

Indigenous Student Association

Sign up to be a part of the club! The student association is run by students. This is an opportunity to bring activity and awareness to the college. For more information please MIO Lindsay Bates-Chewanish.

Get involved!

There are many ways you can get involved in “indigenizing” Dawson College and at the same time gain some valuable volunteer/organizational experience and meet new people.

Campus Life & Leadership will be organizing many Indigenous student and college-wide events and activities throughout the year. The First Peoples Initiative is also looking for Indigenous student reps on various committees. This is an exciting time for Indigenous peoples at Dawson and a great chance to make a difference!

Don’t be shy – for more information contact Orenda Boucher oboucher@dawsoncollege.qc.ca, Room 2D.0

or Billi-Jo Poirier
bpoirier@dawsoncollege.qc.ca, Room 2E6.3.

2015 Report

Read ourFirst Peoples Initiative Report 2015.

Last Modified: May 2, 2016