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Plans for Orange Shirt Day leading up to Sept. 30

June 1st, 2022

This fall, Dawson will host several events leading up to, and in observance of Sept. 30, Orange T-Shirt Day-National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

A dedicated team of students, faculty, professionals, and support staff, in consultation with Indigenous advisors, will organize these events with the goal of providing learning opportunities and raising awareness about decolonization and the importance of this day.

Support (resources, ideas, suggestions for speakers) is available for faculty who would like to include the theme of residential schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Report, or other decolonization topics in their course. 

 To request support, or to contribute your ideas or your time to the organization of events, please contact Diana Rice


Students who founded IndigeSTEM peer tutoring project recognized by Forces Avenir

May 4th, 2022

Currently, Rotshennón:ni Two-Axe and Kayla Spencer-Young are two of a handful of Indigenous students in Dawson’s Science Program.

Rotshennón:ni and Kayla wanted to encourage and support their fellow Indigenous students who may be interested in Science. They came up with an idea last semester that has won them the local Forces Avenir award and put them in the running for the provincial award, which will be announced at an event in Quebec City in September.

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Red Dresses needed for May 5 MMIWG2S Day

May 4th, 2022

On May 5, the First Peoples’ Centre will be commemorating the National Day of Awareness and Action for MMIWG2S. They are asking for your help in gathering red dresses (all sizes – child and adult) for an exhibit. If you have any dresses to donate, please bring them to the First Peoples’ Centre (3E.15) before 12 p.m. on Thursday. If you’d like to participate or help in other ways, please contact Billi-Jo Poirier or Jessica Quijano through MIO.

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Learning about the Indigeneity of maple syrup

April 6th, 2022

In an effort to Indigenize curriculum and re-Indigenize a small piece of occupied Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), students, staff, and faculty from the First Peoples Centre and the Decolonization and Indigenization Studies Certificate launched the Wáhta Óshes (maple syrup) project last March to share the Indigenous roots of making maple syrup.   Ryder Cote-Nottaway, an Algonquin student,…

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Talk with Dr. Catherine Kinewesquao Richardson March 24

March 23rd, 2022

Decolonization and Indigenization Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Resist Violence and the Creative Collective for Change present an online conversation with Dr. Catherine Kinewesquao Richardson. She will speak about Cultural safety and managing risky conversations in the classroom on March 24 at 2:45 p.m.

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Screening of Blood Quantum March 30

March 23rd, 2022

Kristopher Woofter, Rebecca Million and Ben Lander have organized a free event open to the public for Indigenous Peoples Week. The film Blood Quantum by local Indigenous filmmaker and Dawson graduate Jeff Barnaby will be screened and then Jeff will be there to take questions afterwards.

The event will be in the Dawson Theatre on March 30 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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Sweet return for Indigenous Peoples’ Week March 28 – April 1

March 23rd, 2022

IONKWATÓNHAHERE is a Kanien’kéha word that means “We are raising our Spirits.” In the wake of the last two years, Indigenous communities have been re-confronted with the realities of colonialism. For this reason, the organizers of Dawson’s Indigenous Peoples’ Week (formally First Peoples’ Week) have decided to focus on celebrating the joy within our cultures,…

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Resources from Intercollegiate Ped Days 2022

January 19th, 2022

Thanks to Dawson colleagues who contributed to the success of Intercollegiate Ped Days  2022, which took place Jan. 12-14 online. More than 50 presentations were given and over 700 participants from the English-language CEGEPs attended. The theme was Systemic Transformation: Developing Our Inclusive Practices. Resources will be available for a limited time on the Linkr site: . The Linkr site is free but you need to request to join using your college email account. A selection of resources will also be featured on Dawson’s Faculty Hub site.

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Anti-racist videos help teachers dismantle racism and colonialism in the classroom

January 19th, 2022

Our classrooms can mirror oppressive structures in our society. Those who wish to build an anti-racist future can work toward including more narratives, histories and teaching methods in their classrooms. This was the message of Jamilah A.Y. Dei-Sharpe, who gave the closing presentation at Intercollegiate Ped Day 2022 on Jan. 14 and presented her Anti-Racist…

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Creating space for Indigenous knowledge

January 19th, 2022

Intercollegiate Ped Days began on Jan. 12 with a beautiful welcome by Dawson College Board of Governors member and McGill professor Alex McComber. His welcome, which was in English and Kanien’kéha, was to Mother Earth and aimed to remind us of how we are all tied together and how we should be thankful for all…

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