Indigenous ServicesStudent Experience

Indigenous Awareness Week

IAW 2018

Indigenous Awareness Week (IAW) seeks to:

• Celebrate Western’s Indigenous presence, nurture relationships, and facilitate
collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
• Educate and share information about Indigenous perspectives in a myriad of areas and
disciplines.
• Engage the local London and regional Aboriginal communities with campus communities.

Visit us on Facebook. Remember to tag your IAW experience with #WesternuIAW.

Western's 5th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week 2018 Schedule

November 19 - December 7

The REDress Project - Art Installation

Indigenous Services would like to highlight the original REDress initiative created by Métis artist Jaime Black in 2011. The hanging and display of red dresses represents missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, to ensure that they are not forgotten, and that awareness and justice is still needed. To learn more about the original REDress Project, click here.

Dresses will be on display along Oxford Drive, in the UCC Atrium and in the Weldon Library Atrium.

 

Saturday - November 24

Western's Indigenous Students' Association's 13th Annual Powwow

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: UCC, Mustang Lounge
Audience: Open to All

 

Monday - November 26

Western Libraries
Featuring displays of Indigenous authors and musicians throughout the week in all libraries on campus.

Indigenizing the Academy: Opportunities and Challenges
Presented by Candace Brunette-Debassige, Special Advisor to the Provost (Indigenous Initiatives)

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: USC Community Room,
2nd floor, UCC
Audience: Open to All

A Reading and Interview with Cherie Dimaline: Writer-in-Residence
Is an International acclaimed Métis author known for her novel The Marrow Thieves. This session is hosted by Western Libraries. There will be a 20 minute reading followed by a student interview with Ms. Dimaline.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Weldon Library Atrium, main floor
Audience: Open to All

Indigenous Undergraduate Students - Grad School Information Session
Come out to meet and learn from current Western graduate students. Participate in discussion around topics such as the application process, the ups and downs of graduate school, why students chose to pursue education after graduating, and what grads wish they knew before graduate school with time to ask questions of your own. Snacks and refreshments provided. Session hosted by SAGE in collaboration with SOGS.

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: WSSB, 3rd floor, Room 3134
Audience: Open to Indigenous Undergraduate Students

 

Tuesday - November 27

Western Libraries
Featuring displays of Indigenous authors and musicians throughout the week in all libraries on campus.

Creating Pathways to Post-Secondary Education
Western welcomes Indigenous secondary school students to learn directly from our Indigenous students of Western University.

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: UCC, 2nd Floor, McKellar room
Audience: Open to Secondary School Students

NOT VANISHING - Indigenous Women Surviving and Resisting Colonial Terror in Contemporary Canadian Society
Keynote speaker event for Indigenous Awareness Week 2018 at Western University. This year's theme is awareness and justice for the hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Turtle Island.

Presented by Dr. Robyn Bourgeois
(Laughing Otter Caring Woman)

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30 p.m.
Location: UCC, 2nd Floor, McKellar room
Audience: Open to All

Dr. Diana Lewis: Working Together with Pictou Landing to Redefine a Healthy Community
An open lecture by one of Western University's newest Indigenous Faculty members, Dr. Diana (Dee) Lewis.

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Social Science Centre,
5th floor, Room 5220
Audience: Open to All

Learn to Bead!
Indigenous Services will be providing beading kits for each participant to make their own beaded Indigenous Awareness Week themed key chain. Snacks will be provided.

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (drop-in)
Location: Delaware Hall, Formal Lounge
Audience: Open to All Western students

 

Wednesday - November 28

Western Libraries
Featuring displays of Indigenous authors and musicians throughout the week in all libraries on campus.

Indigenous Cuisine
Stop by Delaware Dining Hall for lunch to try various Indigenous foods.

Time: Lunch
Location: Delaware Dining Hall
Audience: Open to All

Respect, Reciprocity, and Relationship with Indigenous Communities
Learn about how you can support Indigenous students, staff, and faculty across campus and beyond. Led by Professor Pauline Wakeham, a non-Indigenous faculty member who will reflect upon her ongoing process of learning what it means to practice anti-racist and decolonial approaches to teaching, research, and relationships, the workshop will focus upon what non-Indigenous people can do to learn about settler colonialism in Canada and how it impacts many aspects of contemporary life, including post-secondary education. For more information click here.

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Western Interdisciplinary Research Building, Room 1170
Audience: Open to All

The Pass System - Film Screening
Join us for a viewing of this 50 minute film followed by a discussion lead by the Director Alex Williams. For more information about this documentary, click here.

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: McKellar Room, 2nd floor, UCC
Audience: Open to All

 

Thursday - November 29

Western Libraries
Featuring displays of Indigenous authors and musicians throughout the week in all libraries on campus.

Stain Glass Workshop with artist Summer Faith Garcia of Walpole Island First Nation.

Participants will be making small stain glass hangings in the shape of a red dress as part of the Redress Project in support of bringing awareness about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls of Turtle Island.

Registration has closed for this this event as we have reached capacity.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Visual Arts Centre, Room 130a
Audience: Open to Western students, registration required - please note registration closed on Monday, November 26th.

Indigenous Student Association Presents: Indigenous Awareness Week Fall Social
Haudenosaunee style singing and dancing. Open to all students, faculty, staff and London & Indigenous community members.

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: UCC, Mustang Lounge
Audience: Open to All

 

Friday - November 30

Western Libraries
Featuring displays of Indigenous authors and musicians throughout the week in all libraries on campus.

Blanket Exercise for Graduate Students
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history that we are rarely taught in Canada. Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous people in Canada. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. This event is hosted by the Student Success Centre in partnership with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Click here for more information.

Time: 12:30p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: UCC, Room 67
Audience: Open to Western Graduate Students, registration required

Many thanks goes out to our wonderful helpers across campus and in the community. A lot of hands, hearts, and minds have gone into preparing for this beautiful week. MEEGWECTH!