Northern College Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Week September 22 to 26, 2014

Follow the links to see what activities you can participate in at the various Northern College locations as we celebrate and learn about Indigenous culture. One of the primary objectives of Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Week is the opportunity to educate people on Indigenous issues and to dispel myths and stereotypes about Aboriginal peoples. Everyone is invited to participate. Aboriginal Awareness Week is another chance for Aboriginal people to celebrate and show the world the uniqueness and the beauty that lies within the many nations.

2014 Poster Kirkland Lake

2014 Poster Haileybury

2014 Poster Moosonee

2014 Poster Timmins

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New Policy – Voluntary Self-Identification for Aboriginal Students

Northern College recognizes the importance of education in improving the lifelong opportunities for Aboriginal people and stives to support the success of Aboriginal students. Northern College encourages all students who consider themselves to be related to, or decended from the Original peoples of Canada to voluntarily declare their Aboriginal ancestry. Read about why it is important to self-identify in the new policy, Voluntary Self Identification for Aboriginal Students.

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June 21, 2014

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.

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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.

Northern College Celebrates First Graduation of Nunavut Welding Program

Northern College and the Hamlet of Arviat, Nunavut, are celebrating the successful completion of the first delivery of the Arviat Welding Trade Readiness program. The program was delivered through a partnership between the college and the hamlet, with support from Kivalliq Mine Training Society, Agnico-Eagle Mines, Ltd., and Kivalliq Partners in Development.

The Welding Trade Readiness program was designed to prepare students for work in Nunavut’s construction and mining industries. It was developed in direct response to the demand for welding helpers for a variety of projects scheduled to start in Nunavut over the course of the next year, including Agnico-Eagle’s Meliadine advanced-stage gold project.

“Modern industry is looking for workers with the sort of high-skills education and training available at Northern College,” said Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “By creating a pathway for the people of Arviat to access the high quality training we deliver, we’re helping the community, its people, and local industry thrive.”

The students were guided on-site by Northern College instructor Bruce Fournier. As part of their training, the seven students fabricated a fish and seal cleaning station, which will serve as both a donation to the community and as the students’ final project.

“The Hamlet of Arviat’s Community Economic Development Plan is heavily focused on targeted training for mining and construction industry jobs,” said Keith Collier, the Community Economic Development Officer for Arviat. “We also recognize that many Arviammiut still rely heavily on traditional hunting to support their families. While the Welding Trade Readiness Program will open doors for the seven graduates, their major project is also a great contribution to the traditional economy of the community.”

Northern College has worked with the Arviat Training Initiative Advisory Group, and has helped to develop training activities in line with the needs of Nunavut’s growing mining industry. The college has also assisted the Hamlet in establishing the welding lab where the Welding Trade Readiness program took place.

Congratulations Contest Winners!

In the last issue of Northern College’s Aboriginal Services newsletter, The Feather, we asked readers to let us know where they were reading The Feather from.

$100 Prepaid Visa Gift Cards are on their way to the following lucky readers.

1. The reader who lives the farthest from the Timmins Campus:

Cheryl Ashamock, Moose Factory

2. The reader who lives the closest to the Timmins Campus:

Lorne Tyrer, South Porcupine

3. The reader who lives the closest to the middle of the winners of categories 1 and 2:

Lilianne Jobson, Matachewan

 Congratulations to the lucky winners!

We thank all who entered and are pleased to let you know that there will be another great contest in the next issue of The Feather; watch for our Spring/Summer edition coming out mid-April.

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