Thompson Rivers University

Celebrating ways and culture during Aboriginal Awareness Week

  Posted on: March 4, 2015

Portion of an Aboriginal mural

A portion of a fabric banner on display in House of Learning.

March 1-7 is Aboriginal Awareness Week at TRU and a number of events are planned to celebrate Aboriginal ways, teachings, culture, and more.

What follows is a list of the week’s events

Tuesday, March 3

9am to noon — Kayak framing
Adventure Studies gear bay, Old Main
Follow the progress of Adventure Studies student Noah Nochasak as he draws on his Inuit heritage to assemble a kayak from scratch. This is a multi-day project. Read a TRU article about Noah.

11:30am to 2pm — Elders’ luncheon
Grand Hall, Campus Activity Centre

5pm to 2am — Slahal Tournament
Grand Hall, CAC


Wednesday, March 4

9am to noon — Kayak framing
Adventure Studies gear bay, Old Main
Follow the progress of Adventure Studies student Noah Nochasak as he draws on his Inuit heritage to assemble a kayak from scratch. This is a multi-day project. Read a TRU article about Noah.

6pm to 9pm — Story telling/legends
Alumni Theatre, Clock Tower (CT 200)


Thursday, March 5

9am to noon — Kayak framing
Adventure Studies gear bay, Old Main
Follow the progress of Adventure Studies student Noah Nochasak as he draws on his Inuit heritage to assemble a kayak from scratch. This is a multi-day project. Read a TRU article about Noah.

2pm to 3pm — Beading workshop
House 5 Cplul’kw’ten

4pm to 5pm — Traditional medicines and survival techniques
House 5 Cplul’kw’ten
During this hands-on workshop, learn some basic outdoor survival techniques the likes of being able to identify traditional medicinal plants found in and around the Kamloops area, and knowing different ways to start campfires and emergency fires.

6pm to 9pm — Movie Night
Irving K. Barber Centre


Friday, March 6

2:30pm to 4:30pm — Singing workshop
House 5 Cplul’kw’ten
Fawn Wood and Dallas Waskahat will lead this hands-on workshop. For generations, singing has been an integral part of life within indigenous communities.

Born from this tradition, acclaimed singers Fawn (Cree/Salish) and Dallas (Cree) present a collection of songs that honour the earth and celebrate the joy of being alive.

6pm to 8pm — Singing performance
Irving K. Barber Centre
Fawn Wood and Dallas Waskahat will perform from their library of material, and perhaps works yet to be released.


Saturday, March 7

7pm to 1am — Round dance http://events.tru.ca/event/2015/aboriginal-awareness-week-round-dance
Grand Hall, CAC
Celebrate Aboriginal culture through singing, dancing, and more. The event features invited singers, an MC, stickman, pipe ceremony, Apple Dance, midnight lunch, giveaways, and more.


More information
Vernie Clement
Email: vclement@tru.ca
Phone: 250-852-7838