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Indigenous Awareness Week at UOIT – September 26 to 30

Drumming at the UOIT-Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre at the university's downtown Oshawa location.
Drumming at the UOIT-Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre at the university's downtown Oshawa location.

In support of diversity on campus, the Indigenous Student Services (ISS) team will host the university’s third-annual Indigenous Awareness Week from Monday, September 26 to Friday, September 30.

The week kicks off with the Welcoming Celebration on Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Polonsky Commons at the university’s north Oshawa location. The celebration will feature Indigenous drumming, dancing and a sampling of traditional Indigenous foods. Look for the tipi!

Throughout the rest of the week, hundreds of participants are expected to enjoy various workshops and events at the UOIT-Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre (UBISC, in downtown Oshawa at 151 Athol Street East, just east of Charles Street) where students, staff, faculty and the community can:

  • Learn about the history of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Try traditional Indigenous foods.
  • Make their own medicine pouch.
  • Learn traditional beading techniques.

The closing event on Friday, inside the 61 Charles Street Building in downtown Oshawa, will feature performers from various nations, such as Inuit throat singers, a Métis Jigger and Anishinaabe hand drummers/singers.

For additional information about this week, please stop by UBISC, view the event flyer or email irc@uoit.ca.

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“We are excited to invite everyone across the University of Ontario Institute of Technology community to come together to learn more about Indigenous culture. Our students have played a huge role in organizing the events and celebrations as we look to promote inclusivity on campus. Miigwetch - thank you in Ojibwe - to everyone, and we hope to see you there!”
-Jill Thompson, Indigenous Cultural Advisor, Student Experience Centre

Media contact
Bryan Oliver
Communications and Marketing
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
905.721.8668 ext. 6709
bryan.oliver@uoit.ca

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