Indigenous Perspectives Conference returns to RDC

Date posted: 
Thu, 01/24/2019
Red Deer College

Conference provides valuable opportunities for participants to connect and learn 

Faculty, students and staff from the Red Deer College School of Education and the Education Undergraduate Society are busily preparing to welcome participants to the 3rd annual Indigenous Perspectives Conference. This conference will focus on building understanding, appreciation, empathy and awareness of Indigenous cultures.

RDC School of Education Indigenous Perspectives Conference
January 31 | 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm | Welikoklad Event Centre (4922 49 Street, Red Deer)
February 1, 2019 | 8:30 am to 3:30 pm | Cenovus Energy Learning Common (RDC’s Main Campus)

Conference attendees will begin by watching acclaimed movie, Indian Horse, on Thursday evening (January 31). This movie focuses on Saul Indian Horse, a Canadian First Nations child and talented hockey player, who survives residential school and a series of other hardships in his life. The film explores themes of overcoming adversity and the invincible spirit of Indigenous people. The movie is adapted from the award-winning novel of the same name, written by Canadian Indigenous author Richard Wagamese.

Starting the day’s events on Friday, February 1 (from 8:30 am to 10:00 am), keynote speaker Beverly Keeshig-Soonias will speak about “The Importance of Language and Culture”. Keeshig-Soonias grew up in a First Nations community in Ontario, and now calls central Alberta home. For more than 20 years as a registered psychologist, she has worked with youth and families in areas such as inter-generational trauma, addictions and abuse. She is also a huge contributor to our communities through volunteering for organizations such as the Central Alberta Friendship Centre and Central Alberta Diversity Association. 

RDC School of Education students, and other attendees, will also have the opportunity to attend break-out sessions to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous cultures through books, artwork, beadwork, games, cultural artifacts, language and storytelling. Displays from the Central Alberta Friendship Centre will be set up during the lunch hour for participants to engage with and learn from. The conference will conclude by examining the work ahead as recommended through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  

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For additional information contact:

Shelley Newman    
Communications Strategist – Corporate

Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate