Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day — an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the cultural diversity of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples of Canada. Here at George Brown College, Indigenous Education and Services (IES) has organized a number of related events to bring us together to celebrate. 

Jolene May, Indigenous Services Support, say there are a number of ways for George Brown students and employees to get involved — both on and off campus. 

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The George Brown community is invited to attend Indigenous beading workshops, which take place at our St. James Campus, building A (200 King St. E.) every Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. in room 562D. IES’s annual Strawberry Celebration is also in the works for later this month (details to come).

May encourages individuals to take part in activities hosted off campus as well. 

“We are supporting community organizations throughout the month of June — as June is National Indigenous History Month. Members of our community will be attending the East View Pow Wow and the Native Canadian Indigenous Celebration at Young and Dundas Square. On Saturday, June 22, we will also be attending the NA-ME-RES pow wow at Fort York with a group of students and alumni.” 

More About Indigenous Education Services 

George Brown’s IES team assists Indigenous students in navigating resources, providing information on college-wide activities, as well as other services such as counselling, cultural teachings and workshops. IES helps equip students with the skills and tools they need to achieve academic, work and life goals. Additionally, with the guidance of GBC’s Aboriginal Education Council, the IES team help support the College’s Indigenous Education for staff and non-Indigenous people, too.  

They are respectful of Indigenous rights as well as the diversity of Indigenous knowledge, languages and cultures across Canada.  

George Brown’s Indigenous student study centres are located at both St. James and Casa Loma campuses. These centres provide Indigenous students with a space to meet, study, access computers and printers, and obtain information on events, bursaries and job postings.