Orange Shirt Day is Sept. 30
All events and resources about Orange Shirt Day are updated and housed here: https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/campus-life-leadership/orange-t-shirt-day-events/
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 the month of September. Set up will be in the upper atrium. Please contact Billi Jo for more details.
September 13th – 30th: I Pledge: Students will be encouraged to pledge their ongoing education and allyship with Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island. Make your pledge, get a pin,and sign up for the numerous activities throughout the month that will provide educational opportunities!
September 1 – 30th: Library displays: The Library will feature a new display each week throughout the month of September for students to check out. Displays will feature award winning Indigenous authors as well as non-fiction works on contemporary Indigenous history and politics as well as historical works.
September – October: In class Blanket Exercises. Book a session for an in-class blanket exercise. Interested in engaging your students in decolonization and reconciliation? 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 designed to bring participants together to build a shared factual understanding of the legacy of colonization in Turtle Island.
September 27th, VIRTUAL SESSION, 2:00-3:15 (All employees & Students): Kanien’keha:ka storytelling with Elder Niioie:ren Patton, The Corn Husk Doll Story. The Dawson College Library is proud to sponsor this incredible story-telling event with Kahnawa:ke Elder Niioie:ren Patton. Respected Elder and knowledge keeper Niioie:ren will share this beautiful traditional Kanien’keha’ka narrative that reverberates through time to continue to instruct us in the here and now. Indigenous story-telling is a critical means of exploring Indigenous epistemologies as well as appreciating the role of oral history from Turtle Island to the rest of the world. This session is part of a month long set of events leading up to September 30th, the National Day of Mourning for the survivors and victims of Residential Schools. Events will bring awareness to the legacy of colonization across Turtle Island and the necessity of institutional decolonization as well as a focus on Indigenous Resurgence & Joy. Click HERE to Register.
September 29th, VIRTUAL SESSION, 1:30-3:00 pm (FACULTY & STAFF ONLY): Land Acknowledgements Workshop with Dr. Donna Kahérakwas Goodleaf, Director, Decolonizing Pedagogy & Curriculum, Concordia University. Employees are welcome to join us for this virtual professional development workshop. Dr. Goodleaf will address how a Land Acknowledgement can function in your pedagogy & curriculum design, the role they play in a larger stratagem of of institutional decolonization, use of Indigenous languages and more. This session is part of a month long set of events leading up to September 30th, the National Day of Mourning for the survivors and victims of Residential Schools. Events will bring awareness to the legacy of colonization across Turtle Island and the necessity of institutional decolonization as well as a focus on Indigenous Resurgence & Joy. Click HERE to Register.
September 30th: 2:30 pm Screening of Jeff Barnaby Rhymes for Young Ghouls, courtesy of the Cinema | Communications Department. Time & place to be determined. Jeff Barnaby may attend to address his film after the screening.
September 30th: 12-2 Dr. Ioana Radu-, Doing research in Indigenous contexts: decolonial accountability for knowledge co-creation. The workshop introduces participants to the opportunities and challenges of doing research in Indigenous contexts. The first part focuses on the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada and introduces recent decolonizing theories as they relate to doing research with and for Indigenous communities. The second part provides some examples of various research projects in terms of designing, conducting and mobilizing research that align with Indigenous priorities and support building local capacity.
Friday, October 15th, 10:30 – 12:00 noon (PED Day session for faculty & staff) Beyond Orange Shirt Day: Reading and Discussion group for Dawson Staff and Faculty with Charlie O’Connor.
To carry the momentum forward and encourage critical consciousness among the Dawson community, the September 30th organizing committee will make a number of readings available to Staff and Faculty at the College. As part of the Pedagogical Day for Dawson staff and faculty (October 15th), Charlie O’Connor (Métis) will facilitate a discussion about the deadly history and on-going legacy of residential schools in Canada. The readings are available on the September 30th website [link]. Please send a MIO to Charles O’Connor (employee) for more information and to rsvp.
Wednesday, October, 20th time TBD. Drum Making Workshop with Al Harrington.