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Beyond Orange Shirt Day at Dawson

November 17th, 2021

A committee at Dawson has been hard at work to ensure that Dawson does more than just mark Sept. 30.

Click Read More for a report about Beyond Orange Shirt Day from the committee.

Read more about: Radicalization and intervention lecture presented by the Psychology Profile and Peace Centre

Radicalization and intervention lecture presented by the Psychology Profile and Peace Centre

November 17th, 2021

The Psychology Profile teamed up with the Peace Centre to invite Dr. Michael King (see bio below) to speak to students on Oct. 27. Dr. King joined us virtually during a General Psychology class that forms a learning community triad with an Anthropology and a History course, under the theme of Race, Ethnicity and Migration. The talk on radicalization…

Read more about: Kanien’kehà’ka Elder and Knowledge Keeper Niioie:ren speaks to Outdoor Ed students

Kanien’kehà’ka Elder and Knowledge Keeper Niioie:ren speaks to Outdoor Ed students

November 3rd, 2021

On Oct. 30, Dawson College students in Jonathan Egan’s Outdoor Education Activities course were fortunate to have Kanien’kehà’ka Elder and Knowledge Keeper Niioie:ren Patton of Kahnawà:ke speak to them out on the land. Surrounded by the beautiful trees and varied habitats of Île Saint-Bernard near Kahnawà:ke, students used old logs and moist ground as their…

Students discover Sustainable Happiness on Living Campus tour

September 15th, 2021

Students in Melanie Doyle's Peace and Sustainable Happiness Advanced Studies in Psychology class were the first people to take a Living Campus Tour with a Sustainable Happiness theme on Sept. 13.

Led by Jennifer De Vera of the Sustainability Office and Azra Khan of Human Resources, both trained Sustainable Happiness facilitators, the tour began at the vegetable garden near the Upper Atrium, known as the Theatre Garden. It was offered as part of Dawson's Peace Week 2021 Program.

The students were taken on an outdoor tour that included about 10 stops, including the Peace Garden, the White Pine tree and the rooftop gardens.

In this photo, students Cassandra (left) and Thitrinh participate in an activity on the steps just outside the Upper Atrium. Jennifer and Azra distributed colourful chalks and invited the students to write a few words that make them happy on the steps. At the end of the exercise, the steps were full of colourful happy words. Cassandra's and Thitrinh's words were: coffee, music, animals and family, books, painting.

Employees and students who would like a tour are invited to contact the Sustainability Office to register: 

Peace Week continues until Sept. 22

September 15th, 2021

Peace Week continues until Sept. 22.

Noteworthy events coming up:

Sept. 17 at 1 p.m.: Indigenous Scientific Knowledges Deserve Protection and Respect with Dr. Warren Cardinal-McTeague. Open to the Dawson Community.

Sept. 21 at 2:30 p.m.: Relationships as Legacy and Future for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples (virtual event) with Dr. Tracy Lindberg.

Sept. 22 at 11 a.m.: Blackness and Liminality in Post-Secondary Education with Dr. Philip Howard (virtual event with collective viewing options in 3F.43) Faculty Professional Development Event.

Please note that registration is required for most events and that many are online. Click Read More to go the schedule with links to register.

Help us fill up the Giving Tree for our students in need

September 15th, 2021

Your donations of food are needed to replenish the Giving Tree set up in the Upper Atrium near the Tim Hortons. It will benefit our students who visit the Food Bank in the Financial Aid Office.

Some items that are especially needed include: tampons, pads, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, floss, shampoo, conditioner, soap, body lotion. All non-perishable food and personal hygiene products are welcome. Just check the expiry date before dropping off.

The Giving Tree is your way of celebrating Peace Week until the end of day Sept. 17.

Read more about: Orange Shirt Day is Sept. 30

Orange Shirt Day is Sept. 30

September 15th, 2021

All events and resources about Orange Shirt Day are updated and housed here: Community Artwork: :Using the design of alumnae Wakenhnhiióhstha Montour, Dawson College students will be invited to contribute to a collective community artwork honouring the survivors and victims of the residential school system. Students will be able to add their tile throughout…

Classes go gardening during Peace Week

September 15th, 2021

Many classes, including Anna-Liisa Aunio's Individual and Society class, participated in gardening activities this week as part of Peace Week 2021.

Anna-Liisa's students, mostly in the Child Studies Profile of the Social Science Program, were weeding and documenting insects. They found bees, honey bees, spiders and katydids in the Peace Garden.

"They had so much fun!" Anna-Liisa said. Gardening at Dawson is often a first-time experience for students.

Photo: Anna-Liisa Aunio

Peace Week begins Sept. 13

September 1st, 2021

The 6th Annual Peace Week kicks off on Monday, Sept. 13 with two very special outdoor activities: an introduction to Sustainable Happiness with Jennifer de Vera as well as an opportunity to learn and work in the urban gardens.

Remember to check back regularly, we will be updating the schedule to add more events as they are confirmed!

To learn more about our theme, events, and more please Click Here. Questions? Reach out to Diana Rice

To attend an event: you can register yourself or your class in the Schedule of Events section.

Peace Centre updates

September 1st, 2021

Federal Election Debate - virtual with the candidates from Ville Marie-Sud Ouest: Sept. 9 at 2:30 pm. Topic: Climate Change & the Environment. This will be a 75-minute debate with an opportunity at the end for students to ask questions of the candidates. Faculty who are interested in streaming this into their class should contact Diana Rice or Catherine Braithwaite.

Interested in engaging your students in decolonization and reconciliation?  In preparation for Sept. 30, the National Day of Mourning of victims and survivors of the Residential Schools, there will be a series of events open to the community to provide educational awareness of the legacy of colonialism as well as joy and resurgence in Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.

One of the best first steps is to engage with a Blanket Exercise. This is an interactive learning activity which brings participants through the course of Indigenous history from pre-contact to present day. This interactive session is de​signed to bring participants together to build a shared factual understanding of the legacy of colonization in Turtle Island.  We look forward to seeing you.

Sken:nen, Billi-Jo Poirier, Diana Rice, Laura Shea, Ben Lander, and Cory Legassic. Special thanks to our consultants and advisors: Billi-Jo Poirier, Michelle E. Smith and Tiawenti:non Canadian.  If you are interested in booking this activity for your class, please contact Diana Rice to arrange.

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Last Modified: November 18, 2021


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