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Indigenous Peoples Week at Grenfell Campus begins Jan. 24th and offers the campus and wider community the opportunity to learn more about Indigenous peoples and cultures. As well, it creates opportunities for all of us to share knowledge and to engage in the exchange of ideas on Indigenous issues important in our own province as well as across Canada, reflecting the values expressed in Grenfell’s Vison 20/20 Strategic Plan related to Indigenous roots: “Respect for the Indigenous culture and history of western Newfoundland and Labrador, and the place of Indigenous people on campus.”  The planning for Indigenous Peoples Week is a collaboration between the Student Affairs Officer--Aboriginal Affairs through Student Services and OPEN, an initative of the Teaching and Learning Chair at Grenfell Campus.
 Contact:  Kelly Anne Butler, Student Affairs Officer--Aboriginal Affairs,  
Sunday, January 24:  Mi'kmaw Social, noon to 4pm, AS Atrium
  • This is a drumming social and potluck.  Please join Strong Bear Drum Group, Gentle Spirits Drum Group, and Nogama Drum Group (bring your own hand drum if you have one!).  Coffee, tea, water, and snacks will be provided, and you are encouraged to bring a dish for potluck--sandwiches, cookies, salads, etc.  If you have other instruments you would like to play/share after the drumming slows down, feel free to bring them with you.  The purpose of this social is to welcome the week with positive energy, good will, and fellowship.  All are welcome!
  • Wampum Belt displayed and available for weaving
Monday, January 25:  Keynote Speaker, 1:30pm to 3:30pm, AS Atrium
  • Our Keynote Speaker for the week is Jack Saddleback.  Jack is a Cree Two-Spirited Transgendered Gay Man.  He is the first elected Transgender Student Union president of University of Saskatchewan and only the fourth Aboriginal person to hold that position.  His Student Union executive recently passed, unanimously, a motion to request the University of Saskatchewan implement Indigenous content in to the curriculum of every University of Saskatchewan College and degree.  Topics that Jack speaks on include Embracing Your Culture, Two Spirits in Historical First Nation Culture, and Everyone Belongs in the Circle.  Jack's talk in the Atrium here at Grenfell will focus on the theme, There is No Closet in Tipis.  Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served.  All are welcome. 
  • Wampum Belt displayed and available for weaving
Tuesday, January 26:  Invited Talk and Talking Circle, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, AS Atrium
  • Dr. Rainer Baehre, Historical Studies, will give a short talk, entitled, "A Very Short History of Racism and the 'Othering' of Indigenous Peoples." This talk was requested by a student who heard a longer version of the talk as a lecture in Dr. Baehre's Aboriginal Ethnohistory course.  Following the talk, we will take a short break for tea, and then conduct a Talking Circle in which we may choose to reflect on the talk, or share other thoughts.  Chaga tea will be served, compliments of Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation.  All are welcome.
  • Wampum Belt displayed and available for weaving
Wednesday, January 27:  Aboriginal Resources Fair, noon to 4pm, AS Atrium
  • A variety of Aboriginal organizations and businesses will have informational materials available in the Atrium throughout the day.  All are welcome.
  • Wampum Belt displayed and available for weaving
Thursday, January 28:  Aboriginal Crafts Fair, noon to 4pm, AS Atrium
  • Aboriginal artists and crafters will be set up in the Atrium, displaying their work and offering it for purchase.  Come out and enjoy the craftsmanship, and help support local Aboriginal artists!  See something you really want, but didn't bring any cash?  There are ATMs in the building!  All are welcome.
  • Wampum Belt displayed and available for weaving

Thursday, January 28:  Films from Away, 7:00pm, AS2026 (theatre)

  • The Films from Away series will present a film with an Indigenous focus.  Kelly Anne Butler will introduce the film, El Norte, about two Indigenous youths (brother and sister) who flee Guatemala in the early 1980s due to the ethnic and political persecution of the Guatemalan Civil War, eventually arriving in the United States.  This film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and was eventually added to the U.S. National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."  
Monday, February 1:  Northern Games--Grenfell Style!, 5:30pm-10:00pm, GYM 
  • This evening of sport games is based on the Northern Games that are part of the Labrador Games.  Events include Labrador Hurdles, Owl Hop, Seal Crawl, and Seal Kick.  Registration begins at 5:30pm, and the evening will be completed by 10pm.  All are welcome to give it a try!  

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Memorial University’s GRENFELL CAMPUS is located in Corner Brook, NL, in traditional Mi’kmaw territory that also includes parts of Québec, Canada’s Atlantic provinces, and the U.S. state of Maine.  The province is also home to three other Aboriginal groups: Innu, Inuit, and Southern Inuit, whose territories are located in Labrador.  Of the 1,200 students who call Grenfell Campus home, more than 300 have self-identified as Aboriginal (by indicating this on the Memorial University application).
Memorial University understands 'Aboriginal' to include people of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis ancestry. Most Aboriginal students at Grenfell Campus come from Western Newfoundland and South, Central and Northern Labrador.
There are many programs and services dedicated to Aboriginal students at Grenfell Campus. The Student Affairs Officer-Aboriginal, under Student Services, coordinates programming and acts as a liaison on campus and within the broader community.  As well, there is a student-run Indigenous Caucus which is part of the Grenfell Campus Student Union.
The Aboriginal Student Centre, located at AS2027, is a designated culturally safe space for smudging and Kullik lighting, and is a site for student gatherings, orientation programs, Aboriginal Awareness programs, talking circles, various craft workshops, or just enjoying down time between classes.  Other services available to Aboriginal students at Grenfell Campus include designated seats programs, guaranteed housing agreements for Nunatsiavut beneficiaries, and the list goes on.  The Student Affairs Officer-Aboriginal Affairs is available to offer more details and to answer any questions you may have.
Aboriginal Student Centre:
AS2027, Hours: 7AM-11PM 
Student Affairs Officer-Aboriginal Affairs
Kelly Anne Butler
Office: AS278B
Phone: (709) 639-4606
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Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive
Corner Brook, NL A2H 5G4
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Phone: (709) 637-6232
Office Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM

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