The Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education (CACE) will be hosting a number of events that are open to the public. CACE supports Aboriginal (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) students through their academic journeys at Carleton University. The centre aims to increase the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal students, faculty and staff at Carleton by ensuring Aboriginal cultures, traditions, and worldviews are respected and represented on campus. Events will include:
Visiting Elder Opening Ceremony
Visiting Elder Paul Skanks will perform the opening ceremony, launching the new school year. This ceremony typically involves a smudge and prayer, and it will be a time for students, faculty and staff to meet him in a relaxed atmosphere with no firm agenda.
When: Monday, Sept. 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Carleton University, Aboriginal Lounge, Tory, Room T27 (tunnel level).
Pamela Palmater, “Crown-Indigenous Relations in Canada: Where do we start the conversation?”
Who: Palmater is a Mi’kmaw citizen and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation. She has been a practicing lawyer for 14 years and holds the position of associate professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance in the Department of Politics and Public Administration and heads the Centre for Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University.
Palmater has been working and volunteering in the area of First Nations issues for over 25 years. She has diverse experience working with a wide range of social and legal issues. She has worked with both individual First Nations and First Nations organizations by delivering information sessions, training and related presentations. As a result, she has been nominated for several prestigious awards, and was most recently awarded the 2012 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Social Justice.
For further information about her, please consult her website: www.indigenousnationhood.com
When: Thursday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m.
Student Pow Wow
When: Saturday, Sept. 22, Noon-5:30 p.m.
Where: Odawa Friendship Centre, 12 Stirling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario
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