National Aboriginal Day

12:00PM to 1:30PM June 21, 2013
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Quarterdeck, Grant Building
RRU Staff

Royal Roads University invites you to join us in celebrating and acknowledging National Aboriginal Day through song, dance and the sharing of digital stories documenting resistence to the residential school system.

Shedule of events

  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Local artists and vendors will be on display for public to make purchases

  • Noon to 12:20 p.m. – Coast Salish Welcome and Little Raven Drummers and Dancers

  • 12:20 to 1 p.m.  - Residential School Resistance Narratives Digital Story Series
    As part of a "Resistance Narratives" project funded by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the Centre for Youth & Society hired seven Indigenous youth research assistants to create digital stories documenting resistance to the residential school system. The project, "Residential School Resistance Narratives: Significance and Strategies for Indigenous Youth" aimed to increase awareness of resistance acts and strategies, and their relevance in today's context and promote intergenerational healing. Project co-ordinator, Asma-na-hi Antoine believes that "this research project has ignited a fire that shows in each digital story. The passion of resistance that validates survival and resilience of First Nations people and communities provides hope for healing and reconciliation over the next generations." These videos were presented to family, friends, and guests at UVic and then to a greater public audience as part of the TRC regional conference in April 2012.

  • 1 to 1:10 p.m. - Comments/questions

  • 1:10 to 1:30 p.m. –Little Raven Drummers and Singers and closing remarks

For more information, please contact Asma-na-hi Antoine, manager of Indigenous Education and Student Services via email or telephone at 250-391-2600 ext 4557, You can also contact John Stewart, co-ordinator, Student Services via email or telephone at 250-391-2600 ext 4760.