Indigenous Awareness Week

Western's 6th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week will take place January 20 to 28, 2020.


Indigenous Awareness Week (IAW) seeks to celebrate Western's Indigenous presence, nurture relationships, and facilitate collaborations between indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. IAW seeks to educate and share information about Indigenous perspectives in a myriad of areas and disciplines and engage the local London and regional Indigenous communities with campus communities.

Visit us on Facebook and Instagram throughout IAW and remember to tag your IAW experiences with #WesternuIAW!


Monday, January 20

Two-Eyed Seeing and Astronomy
Learn about a new course at Western University that blends Indigenous and Eurocentric astronomy.
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in WSSB, Room 3134

Indigenous Film Screening – The Grizzlies
Based on an inspiring true story, The Grizzlies is a powerful film about the determination and resilience of a group of Inuit youth.
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in UCC, McKellar Room

Tuesday, January 21

Indigenous Research Poster Session
Meet the scholars and learn more about Indigenous Research taking place at Western.
12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in WSSB, Room 3130

KAIROS Indigenous Blanket Exercise
Register online for this unique, participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators.
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in SSB, Room 4210

Zine Workshop with Jenna Rose Sands
Sands is a Cree Anishinaabe artist who uses dynamic mixed media to create informative zines that educate and question wide spread prejudice regarding Indigenous people. session sponsored in collaboration by Huron University Colleage and the Indigenous Student Centre.
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in WSSB, 2100

Wednesday, January 22

Healing Moon Teachings
Sit with Visiting Elder Irene and learn about the healing moons that are relevant for this time of year.
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in WSSB, Room 2100

Indigenous Literary Reading
Stop in to Weldon Library to hear from award winning Indigenous poet Janet Marie Rogers followed by a student interview.
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Weldon Library Atrium

Learn to Bead
Create your own Indigenous Student Centre key chain. All skill levels welcome.
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in WSSB, Room 3134

Thursday, January 23

Indigenous Student Breakfast with Alan Shepard
Meet and chat with Western’s 11th President Dr. Alan Shepard for Breakfast.
8:30 a.m. in WSSB, Room 2100

Indigenous Themed Lunch
Dine at the Green Leaf Café lunch buffet and enjoy Indigenous themed options as part of Western’s Annual Indigenous Awareness Week.
$16 (plus tax)
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Somerville House

Frankie Young Open Lecture
Get to know Western's newest Indigenous Faculty member, Frankie Young, as she presents on "Indigenous Economic Development and Sustainability: Maintaining the Integrity of Indigenous Culture in Corporate Governance".
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in WSSB, Room 2134

Friday, January 24

Indigenous Student Centre Open House
Drop in to see the Indigenous Student Centre and meet the wonderful staff who support Indigenous Students at Western.
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in WSSB, Room 2100

January 27 & 28

Indigenous Health Conference: A Journey to Mino Bimaadiziiwin
A critical analysis and interdisciplinary perspective on Indigenous Health on Turtle Island. Hosted collaboratively by the Indigenous Students' Association, Global Health Equity Collective, Health Studies Students' Association, Indigenous Studies, the Faculty of Social Science, and the the Faculty of Social Sciences Student Council . Register online. January 27th schedule and January 28th schedule can be found on the Facebook event page in the discussion section.
11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days in UCC, McKellar Room