Indigenous Awareness


Celebrate Indigenous Cultures

The 11th annual event recognizes and shares Indigenous cultures.

As we continue with the momentum of Indigenizing and decolonizing our campus in response to Truth and Reconciliation’s Calls to Action, we are excited to share the invite to learn about and celebrate the diversity of Indigenous Peoples during the month of March.  

Leading the planning is Noella Wells — a member of the Blackfoot Confederacy, Niitsitapi, who is from the Piikani Nation and is a “Treaty Status Indian” —  who works as director of Bow Valley’s Iniikokaan Centre — an on-campus destination that supports Indigenous student success. “The planning for all of the month’s events is an example of cross-campus collaboration that highlights the third annual Indigenous Showcase with this year’s theme: parallel paths to ReconiliACTION,” says Noella. “We are excited to invite our college community to participate in many events aimed to increase understanding and awareness of Indigenous peoples, histories, cultures and traditions.”

To build off the annual national celebrations primarily held in June every year, Bow Valley has opted to devote the entirety of March to Indigenous awareness Month. We will commence with an Opening Ceremony on March 2 at the Iniikokaan Centre, and conclude with a Cultural Resource Elders Panel on ReconciliACTION on March 26 in ATB Hall. 

Everyone on campus is encouraged to get involved, ask questions, and participate in learning and celebration throughout Indigenous Awareness Month.

To find out how you can participate in the month’s events, visit our Indigenous Awareness Month page.  

Posted on March 3, 2020

Story by Julie-Anne Cleyn and Michelle Fournie, photos by Chris Bolin

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