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RDC’s Indigenous Perspectives Conference provides valuable learning opportunities

Friday, January 29, 2021

Indigenous Perspectives Conference

Online format encourages advancement in Truth and Reconciliation 

Red Deer College’s School of Education is hosting the 5th annual Indigenous Perspectives Conference on February 4 and 5. The event, which will be held virtually this year, is intended for RDC Education students, and members of the public are also welcome to register and participate in select online events.  

This two-day conference is designed to enhance the participants’ awareness and knowledge of Indigenous histories, perspectives, and culture in a concerted effort to progress on the path of Truth and Reconciliation.  

RDC Education students will be provided with a wealth of resources and teachings about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures that will be essential understandings for these future teachers. Opening the conference on Thursday, February 4, a Project of Heart created by the RDC Middle Years graduates of 2021 will be unveiled. This commemorative art piece honours the Indigenous peoples who suffered the damaging effects of the Residential School System. Through this act of reconciliation, Red Deer College learners acknowledge the history of residential schools while depicting the resilience and strength of all those affected. This collection of tiles, arranged by the RDC Visual Arts team, will be blessed at the opening ceremony, which begins at 4:00 pm.  

Here is a summary of the Conference’s activities and events: 

Indigenous Perspectives Conference: Opening Ceremony (open to the public) 

Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 4:00 pm  

  • Project of Heart unveiling 
  • Elder blessing and talk 
  • Movie launch 

Members of the public are encouraged to register by Friday, January 29 if they wish to participate virtually in the opening ceremony. 

Indigenous Perspectives Conference: Day Two 

Friday, February 5, 2021 | 9:30 am to 2:30 pm 

  • Keynote Speaker: Elder John Sinclair discusses Indigenous healing (open to the public by registration – see below) 
  • Powwow! Ochȋwin the Origins 
    • Patrick and Marrisa Mitsuing exhibit their dance regalia 
  • Urban Aboriginal Voices: Youth Peace Camp 
    • Program based on Indigenous circle making, building cultural identity 
  • Dr. Dwayne Donald presents Unlearning Colonialism and the Educational Task of Renewing Kinship Relations 
  • Red Deer Aboriginal Dance Troupe Society 
  • Small Business Highlight: Marissa Moccasin’s Beading 
  • Conference Debrief lead by RDC Education Instructor Brent Galloway 

The inspiration for the inaugural Indigenous Perspective Conference began in the 2016/2017 academic year, when the College’s School of Education faculty wanted to increase awareness about the importance of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, along with preparing RDC Education students for new Teaching Quality Standard.  

Over the past five years, the conference has continually developed with joint collaboration from RDC’s School of Education, Indigenous Student Services, Education Undergraduate Society, and community partners.  

More information about the 5th annual Indigenous Perspectives Conference, including the full schedule of events and how to register, can be found onlineUpon registration, a Zoom link and password will be emailed to the participant. 

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Image credit: Indigenous Perspectives Conference Planning Committee

For media inquiries please contact: 

Brent Forster        
Communications Strategist - Corporate       
brent [dot] forster [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca  

Shelley Newman    
Communications Consultant – Corporate    
shelley [dot] newman [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca  

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