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2024 National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day

UWinnipeg is proud to recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. The University is committed to the ongoing work of ensuring Indigenous knowledges and perspectives are honoured, and to participating in reconciliation.

We invite you to learn more about The University of Winnipeg’s work toward reconciliation over the past year, and to help us celebrate and honour our Indigenous community every day.

Drum performance and beading workshop

Everyone on campus is welcome to attend a free event hosted by the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) on June 21.

“We have the help and support of the Indigenous Students’ Association (ISA), the Aboriginal Student Services Centre, and the University’s Office of Indigenous Engagement,” said UWSA president, Tomiris Kaliyeva. “It’s important for Indigenous students to know they are celebrated, that they are honoured, and that they are thought about.”

The event runs from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Quad (rain location is The Hive) and starts with opening remarks from Elder Sharron Pelletier. Enjoy a drum performance by Anishinaabe Voice, then join in a beading workshop led by Megan Lindell and the ISA.

“The beading is usually very popular,” Kaliyeva said. “People can come stop by, do however much they want and then run back to class, or they can stay there for the whole time. I’ve never tried it but I’m going to try it this time because it sounds really fun.”

Kaliyeva said she hopes the event helps people gain some new knowledge and provides a way to celebrate together as a whole community.

“A big part of the University is about Indigenization,” she said. “It’s about decolonization, and I think that is really important. Events like this can help.”

No registration is required for the event and all are welcome.

UWinnipeg Library on Instagram

You can also follow along with the University of Winnipeg Library’s Indigenous Perspectives Series on Instagram until the end of the month. The series features book recommendations from librarians, which will be part of a library book display for National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21.

Book recommendations can be found on the Library’s Instagram stories as well as in the highlights on their profile. At the end of the month a full list of books and other recommendations will be available. 

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