Native Awareness Week 2016

Native Awareness Week 2016

March 14 - March 17

Schedule of Events


Monday, March 14

One Shoe, One Moccasin: A Walk in Both Worlds
10:30 am
MacDonald Hall, Stan Grad Centre

An understanding of Indigenous People in the Energy Industry, in the categories of employment, engagement, social investment and culture.

Presented by Deborah Greene and Chris Fry, Shell Canada
Sponsored by MacPhail School of Energy

Lunch will follow in KA 306, Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre, sponsored by MacPhail School of Energy.


Tuesday, March 15

Human Books: Balancing Community and Personal Journeys
9:00 am
KA 306, Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre

Students detail their life's journey as it pertains to how their connection with their culture has evolved as they have matured. They will discuss how their chosen profession may impact the Aboriginal Community.

Presented by student panelists Sarah Thornton, Stephanie Rose, Bruce Mardsen and Mitchell Wiebe
Sponsored by School of Health and Public Safety


Work and Life Perspectives in Siksika
10:45 am
KA 306, Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre

The session will explore Sam Wolf Leg's experience as a member of the Aboriginal community and his work on the Siksika Reserve.

Presented by Sam Wolf Leg
Sponsored by School of Health and Public Safety


A First Nation (FNMI) Perspective on Building a Successful Social Media Marketing Company
10:45 am - 12 pm
Chinook Lodge, Senator Burns Building

Join CEO of Naato'si Design and Consulting Ltd. to learn of her journey of building her company in a new and emerging domain in the Indigenous sector.

Lowa Beebe
Sponsored by School of Business


Partnering with an Indigenous Entrepreneur, Why?
1 - 2:30pm
KA 306, Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre

Gain perspective on the motivations for non-Indigenous peoples to work with Indigenous businesses, followed by insights on how to best develop these relationships.

Brenda Holder
Sponsored by School of Business


Wednesday, March 16

Documentary Series
10 am-12 pm & 1 -5 pm
Chinook Lodge, Senator Burns Building

Join us for a day of screening Indigenous-based documentaries in our cultural centre.

Sponsored by: Chinook Lodge Aboriginal Resource Centre and the Reg Erhardt Library

Join us for lunch at the Lodge 12pm-1pm, sponsored by School of Manufacturing and Automation.


Thursday, March 17

2 Strikes and a Home Run for Erasmus Apparel
10:45 am
Orpheus Theatre, Campus Centre

Join Sarah Erasmus, our Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient as she talks about her energetic company Erasmus Apparel based in Yellowknife. Learn about her contributions to the economic development of her community as well as her reciprocity and charitable work for Indigenous peoples.

Sponsored by School of Information and Communications Technologies

A light reception will follow, sponsored by Chinook Lodge.


Key Note Address: Reconciliation through Education
1 - 2:30 pm
Orpheus Theatre, Campus Centre

Please join Dr. Leroy Little Bear to speak on Reconciliation through Education and the responsibility we all share. Little Bear is a member of the Blood Tribe of the Blackfoot Confederacy and former Director of the Native American Program at Harvard University. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Native Studies at the University of Lethbridge. He has made significant contributions to legal studies on aboriginal self-government and has cultivated a lifelong interest in the philosophy of science from a First Nations perspective.

Sponsored by Chinook Lodge Aboriginal Resource Centre


Executive Chef: Sage Restaurant
1 - 2:30 pm
KA 306, Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre

Please join Executive Chef Shane Chartrand to hear of his experiences in winning numerous awards in Culinary Arts competitions and his passion for culinary cuisine, including his contributions back to the Indigenous community

Sponsored by the School of Hospitality and Tourism