Indigenous Awareness Month

The Indigenous community at the University of Manitoba is hosting a variety of incredible events, activities and celebrations throughout the month of March, offering you an opportunity to learn about Indigenous history, knowledges, cultures and traditions, and to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Indigenous faculty, staff and students.

The month will kick off with a Lateral Kindness and Kindness Exchange Workshop hosted by Victoria Pruden. The workshop will encourage participants to take a commitment to ending lateral violence and to protect themselves and their energy. Participants will also gain tools to combat lateral violence to nurture kindness.

Recently there has been national dialogue around land acknowledgements in institutional settings and if they are token or actually meaningful. We will host a conversation about what they mean and how we can practice action to support them.

On March 13, the Indigenous Business Education Partners in the Asper School of Business will be launching a video on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action #92, followed by a panel discussion on how Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders in the business community can work towards actionable steps to this call.

There are also opportunities to hear from several prominent Indigenous writers: this year's Marjorie Ward Lecture will be delivered by Governor General Literary Award winner and U of M alumna Katherena Vermette; writer, playwright, filmmaker and activist Maria Campbell will be the keynote speaker at this year's Rising Up Conference; and the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture's writer-in-residence Duncan Mercredi will be hosting a reading on March 25 (more details coming soon).

Indigenous student groups MUSA and UMISA have been busy organizing language lessons and beading and finger weaving workshops, amongst other events including Misko Fest, which will take over the Fireside Lounge in UMSU University Centre on March 21. These events are free and open to everyone.

A number of events will also take place at the Bannatyne Campus, including: a presentation by Dr. Marlyn Cook on Traditional Healing for Indigenous Patients on March 7, stand-up comedy with Florence Spence on March 8, and much more.

Learn more about everything that is taking place throughout the month by visiting the Indigenous Events Calendar.

Don't forget to check out regular offerings such as Pow Wow Practice Group, Fireside Chats, the Department of Native Studies' Colloquium, and the Indigenous Scholars Speaker Series.

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