Aboriginal Initiatives

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Aboriginal Initiatives

Student diversity and services is one of five strategic initiatives outlined in the Luther College, University of Regina (LCUR) Strategic Plan 2014- 2019. Below is a brief overview of two Aboriginal programming and reconciliation initiatives currently being supported by LCUR as they fit within LCUR’s larger commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation process.
 

Project of Heart

Project of Heart (POH) teaches about the history of the residential school system in Canada using an artistic approach to commemorate the people and families who were, and still are, affected by this system. POH was originally created by University of Regina (U of R) graduate student, Sylvia Smith, as part of her Master of Education program as a way to address the lack of teaching tools on Indigenous history in the school system.

In January 2016, over forty participants from the Regina and university community participated in the first seven week workshop, led by Jenna Tickell, a graduate student in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the U of R. The participants focused on researching a residential school closest to their locale; for the group at Luther, this meant learning about the Regina Indian Residential School, located near today’s Paul Dojack Centre. The process culminated in participants painting tiles representing the children who died or who attended the school; these will later be used to create an artistic piece that will stay at Luther. Participants also committed to activist goals, including petition-signing towards the memorialization of the children buried in the school cemetery.

The inaugural program was such a great success that LCUR was proud to support its second iteration, which kicked off in January 2017 and runs through to the end of February 2017.

“I was given the opportunity to participate in an engaged learning component and I jumped at the chance because I knew that getting out and doing something would be more interesting and rewarding to me than hours of research on the computer. Although there were many options, I chose to participate in Project of Heart because Aboriginal history is a very significant yet often ignored part of Canada….This was a way for me to participate in acts of reconciliation and acknowledge past wrongdoings. Project of Heart allowed me to be part of a group with a shared goal and to have practical experiences be a foundation of my learning.”
Mirella Matenda, POH participant and first year Campion student enrolled in RLST 100.

To learn more about Project of Heart, please visit their website at projectofheart.ca.
 

Canadian Roots Exchange

Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is a national organization that trains Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to form Reconciliation Teams with a purposes to teach about the effects of colonialism on Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Canada. In 2014, Luther formed a steering committee that included members from the Aboriginal Student Centre, faculty members from the University of Regina, Luther College at the U of R, and Luther College High School, including Joel Beres (HS’99, U’07). Luther’s commitment has been to provide financial and counselling support to the four students who have formed the first CRE team on campus: Lindsay desRoschers, Austin Josephson (HS’10, U’15), Lee Prosper, and Giselle Yee. The efforts of this team have been outstanding. They have organized, on average, two events per month, reaching out to high schools in Regina and surrounding areas and as well as to numerous university classes. One of the events was a very well-attended evening of presentations and dance honouring murdered and missing Indigenous women on November 21, 2015.

“Canadian Roots Exchange has given me the unique opportunity to join forces with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous youth from all over Canada who strive to bring about positive change in their respective communities…. Working with students from Elsie Mironuck School and seeing how their teacher is teaching Indigenous history in the classroom gives us hope for the future. We want to hear the thoughts and ideas of youth, giving them a voice…. By working with teachers, students, elders, and professors, we are building a larger community within our own community. I am extremely grateful for Canadian Roots Exchange. Having taken a minor in Indigenous Studies in University and having a strong understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing, I feel I can share my knowledge with others and strengthen minds and worldviews for the better…. I strongly encourage youth to join Canadian Roots Exchange and become involved with one of the best volunteer organizations in Canada.”
Austin Josephson is an alumnus of Luther College’s High School and University campuses.

To learn more about Canadian Roots Exchange, please visit their website at http://canadianroots.ca/.