The Vanier Indigenous Circle warmly welcomes all Vanier community members to a special ceremony to mark the signing of a pan-Canadian Indigenous Education Protocol. This protocol, designed by the Indigenous Education Committee of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), seeks to: “… support colleges’ and institutes’ commitment to Indigenous education and provide a vision of how they can strive to improve and better serve Indigenous peoples.” Protocol information can be found on The Colleges Institutes’ website: https://www.collegesinstitutes.ca/policyfocus/indigenous-learners/protocol/background-and-context/
Vanier College, as decreed by the Board of Directors on June 13th, 2017, has agreed to become a signatory to the protocol. To mark this historic occasion in the evolution of Indigenous Education at our college, which supports the work that the Vanier Indigenous Circle has already been doing for many years, we will be hosting a ceremony in the boardroom (F-216) from 12:30 – 1:30 (UB) on Wednesday, September 13th.
The ceremony will begin with an opening drum song and a smudging ceremony. Speakers will include invited members of local Indigenous communities, such as the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) and the urban Indigenous community, the Vanier Indigenous Circle ,and John MacMahon, our Director General.
Light snacks and coffee will be available in the boardroom.
Jacky Vallée, Lisa Sparkes, Marya Grant, David Piercey
The Vanier Indigenous Circle