2020 Indigenous Awareness Month 
Parallel Paths to ReconciliACTION
Celebrate all month long

Please be aware that all the events have been POSTPONED until further notice!

Building off the success of the inaugural Indigenous Showcase in 2018 and as the College continues on a journey of Truth and Reconciliation, the Iniikokaan Centre is leading the College through a month long series of Indigenous Awareness events.  March 2020 will see an increased presence of Indigenous peoples, cultures, Indigenous community members and engaging dialogues about truth and reconciliation. Everyone at the campus is encouraged to get involved, ask questions and participate in learning and celebration. Please see the calendar attached for event details.

"ReconciliACTION is a meaningful action that moves reconciliation forward. ReconciliACTION aims to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together in the spirit of reconciliation to create awareness, share, and learn. It is the answer to Gord Downie’s call to ‘Do Something’; do something to raise further awareness, do something that improves the lives of Indigenous people, do something that improves the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. ReconciliACTIONs act as the catalyst for important conversations and meaningful change, recognizing that change starts with every one of us and each person can make an impact" 

(Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. (n.d.). What is reconciliaction? https://www.downiewenjack.ca/our-work/reconciliactions/ )

Time Event Title Location  About the Event
Mon., March 2
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Opening Ceremony
Iniikokaan Centre S2015 Opening remarks, schedule of upcoming events, Smudge ceremony and sharing circle with Cultural Resource Elder.
Tues., March 3
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Napi Project 
Iniikokaan Centre S2015A & Lunch Box Theatre

We are walking on parallel paths to reconciliACTION. At this event, Bow Valley College learners will attend a play called Snow blind, which is part of the Old Man: The Napi Project, at Lunchbox Theatre. Learners will meet at 11:00 in the Inikokaan Centre and then walk together to the theatre. The show is written and performance by Zach Running Coyote.

This event is free for learners and tickets are limited. To register, click here 
When registration is full a waitlist will be created. Waitlisted learners are encouraged to come to the Inikokaan Centre on March 3 and 11:00, in case there are any tickets available to due registered learners not showing up.

Thank you!!!


Tues., March 3 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Metis History Iniikokaan Centre S2015
Join Metis instructor Bruce McKay as he discusses his Metis identity and family history. 
Wed., March 4 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
All BVC Student Smudge Ceremony
Iniikokaan Centre S2015

The Smudging Ceremony is a traditional practice of most Indigenous peoples.  We have used Smudging, as a way to create a cleansing smoke bath that is used to purify the body, aura, energy, and ceremonial/ritual space.  As the smoke rises, our prayers rise to the Spirit World, to the Creator.   Smudging is performed to remove negative energy as well as for centering, grounding, and healing.   Sacred Medicines such as tobacco, sage, cedar, sweet grass, and chaga can be used during the Smudge Ceremony.  


Thurs., March 5 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Territorial Land Acknowledgement
Iniikokaan Centre S2015

Join in the discussion and understanding.  Acknowledging the land in which we are situated is happening more frequently than ever before. Stemming from stories of the land that span generations, it is a traditional custom of Indigenous people that dates back centuries when welcoming outsiders onto their land and into their homes.   


Mon., March 9 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Tipi Teachings
North Campus Tipi (N124)

Tipi teachings that reflect the stories and values of the people include strength, honesty, bravery, good child rearing and humility which are represented in the poles. Together, the poles of a tipi make it incredibly strong, much like a community. 


Tues., March 10
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Indigenous 101 Iniikokaan Centre S2015A

A conversation and Introduction to terminology, Indigenous identity, land, Doctrine of Discovery, numbered treaties, Indian Act, and Truth & Reconciliation.

Wed., March 11
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Indigenous Community Fair
The Market
Come out and learn about the different agencies in Calgary that support our Indigenous community.
Thurs., March 12  12:30 p.m - 2 p.m. The Pass System: Life under segregation in Canada Intercultural Centre N322

This event will feature ‘icebreaker’ games, the screening of a short Indigenous film, a subsequent discussion, and a prize draw. Light refreshments served. 


Mon., March 16 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Metis History
Iniikokaan Centre S2015
Join Victoria Norris as she discusses her Metis identity and family history.
Tues., March 17 11 a.m. -2 p.m.
3rd annual Indigenous Showcase
ATB HALL (S2009)

Our theme this year is: Parallel Paths to ReconciliACTION.   Join us in celebration for the 3rd annual Indigenous Showcase: Celebrating Indigenous dance, languages, food, cultures.   


Wed., March 18
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 7 Sacred Teachings
Iniikokaan Centre S2015

The traditional concepts of respect and sharing that form the foundation of the Indigenous way of life are built around the seven natural laws, or sacred teachings. Each teaching honors one of the basic virtues intrinsic to a full and healthy life. 


Thurs., March 19 12 p.m - 1:30 p.m. Film Discussion: Doctrine of Discovery Iniikokaan Centre S2015

Doctrine of Discovery—in the name of Christ. European descendants benefit from a violent history of land grabbing and genocide that was justified by patriotism and religion. This same theology formed an international legal structure that continues to dispossess Indigenous Peoples of their land. What does it mean to be a peacemaker today in a world where the present is defined by the violence of the past? 


Tues., March 24
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Turtle Island Map
Intercultural Centre N322

Learners and staff are invited to participate in a series of interactive activities using a giant floor map!  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about Indigenous communities across Turtle Island, connect with the college community and share your own stories of the land. 


Wed., March 25
1 p.m. -  3 p.m.
Missing and murdered Indigenous women & girls

The missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls epidemic (MMIWG) is an issue currently affecting Indigenous peoples in Canada and the United States, including the First Nations, Inuit, Métis communities. It has been described as a Canadian national crisis and a Canadian genocide. Responding to repeated calls of Indigenous groups, other activists, and non-governmental organizations, the Government of Canada under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau established the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in September 2016.  


Thurs., March 26
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cultural Resource Elders Panel: ReconciliACTION

S2009 ATB Hall

Join us as we listen to stories from seven of our Cultural Resource Elders related to culture, ceremony, identify, and language and their insights into our theme of reconciliACTION.   


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