National Aboriginal Day is an important opportunity for Canadians to reflect and celebrate Indigenous heritage and the many contributions made by First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples in our country. For Northern College, it is also a time to recognize and champion the importance of effective and culturally relevant education to support a growing number of FNMI learners at our college.
Northern College is committed to maintaining a positive environment where FNMI learners can achieve success and share their talents and culture with other members of our campus communities. National Aboriginal Day gives Northern College another opportunity to applaud our FNMI students and reaffirm our committment to becoming the college of choice for Aboriginal peoples of Northeastern Ontario.
As part of the college’s spring professional development offerings, staff at the Haileybury, Kirkland Lake and Timmins Campuses had the opportunity to learn from Moose Cree First Nation Elder David Faries. In order to help Northern College employees better understand the past, present and future of First Nations people in our region, Elder Faries shared stories and his life experiences growing up in the dark legacy left for Indigenous people by colonialism. Using references such as the Feather and the Medicine Wheel, David provided a valuable insight into not only the culture, but into the people themselves.
Northern College aspires to be the college of choice for Aboriginal peoples of Northeastern Ontario and we are committed to honouring our Indigenous students, staff and community partners. In order to do so, we must know and understand them so we can ensure the college is a welcoming environment that will support individual success and in turn, help in the success of their Nations.
We stand ready to be part of a new way forward for our First Nation communities.