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Day 4: Learning the Land

The land of Turtle Island holds knowledge, stories, our histories, and our futures. Today is about engaging ourselves in our relationship to place. Take time to learn the knowledge of the lands you live upon and the communities who have resided on these lands since time immemorial.  Learning Traditional Territories Acknowledging the communities whose traditional …
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Day 3: Music and Dance

First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cultural identity can be found in music and dance. Events from ceremonies to feasts include usually include drumming, singing, and dancing.  Due to this cultural significance, First Nations music and dance were outlawed by the Indian Act as part of forced assimilation. Today, let’s learn more about Indigenous music and …
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Day 2: Art

First Nations, Inuit, and Métis art varies across the country depending on the community, natural landscape, and cultural practices. Woven into forms such as carvings, paintings, and intricate beadwork are the traditions and knowledges of generations.  Art opens new dialogues on the past, present, and future relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Today is about …
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Day 1: Stories

Story is an honoured method of Indigenous knowledge transfer. It is through the sharing of stories that cultural beliefs, history, and ways of life are passed through generations. Today, learn more about Truth and Reconciliation by listening to Indigenous voices.  Stories through Film:  We Know the Truth: Stories to Inspire Reconciliation:  Survivors share their stories …
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September 30th   

 Orange Shirt Day & National Truth and Reconciliation Day The below recounts residential schools, please read with care.    Residential schools were created to assimilate Indigenous children by removing them from their cultures, languages, families, and communities. September 30th acknowledges the over 160 years residential schools operated in Canada. It is a date to honour the …
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4 Days of Learning

There are many ways of sharing and learning knowledge. For Truth and Reconciliation Week Sept. 26-30th, CityU will be sharing knowledge through different perspectives and medias. Through learning about colonization in Canada and honouring the diversity of Indigenous worldviews, may we all be inspired to play an active role on the path to reconciliation.   Day …
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Graduation Celebration 2022

Last August, the CityU family celebrated the success of our new graduates. Students, family, friends and faculty gathered together at the Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver. It was a great afternoon full of joy and smiles. Congratulations to all the 2022 graduates. …
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City University in Canada Statement on the Missing Children of the Kamloops Indian Residential School It is with the deepest sense of sadness that City University in Canada pays our respects and extends our condolences to the families, loved ones and communities of the 215 children recently discovered at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. We …
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Art Workshop – BAM

Second Art Workshop – December 16, 2022 A second art workshop was conducted by our resident BAM artist, Jacob Divinagracia, on December 16, 2022. Jacob shared more techniques on pencil and charcoal sketching to the participants, which included Maika Tshimbalanga, Director of Enrollment and Student Services; Phil Torio, Associate Program Director; and Jalissa Schimdt, Indigenous …
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Art Workshop- BAM

BAM Student Activity – November 18, 2022 On November 18, 2022, sixteen aspiring artists (students and faculty members alike) participated in the art workshop conducted by senior BAM student, Jacob Divinagracia. During this workshop, Jacob taught the basic sketching techniques using pencil and charcoal, with a particular focus on the use of light and shadow …
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Treaties Recognition Week – November 1-7th

Treaties Recognition week was started by Ontario in 2016 as a response to the TRC Calls to Action. Although it is not a nationally recognized week, it is an opportunity to reflect on how important treaties are to all living on Turtle Island. Learn more about treaties through the resources provided below.   What is a …
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International Inuit Day – November 7th

November 7th is International Inuit Day. It is a day to celebrate and acknowledge the diversity of Inuit cultures. International Inuit day honours the voices of the 165,000 Inuit from Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and Chukotka. Of the 65,000 Inuit who live in Canada, three quarters live in 53 communities in Inuit Nunangat (Inuit Homeland) in …
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Film Screening: Indian Horse

Virtual Event: Watch the film Indian Horse As part of honouring Truth & Reconciliation Week, CityU is providing access to the film Indian Horse to the CityU community. Based on the award-winning novel by Richard Wagamese, the film tells the story of an 8-year-old boy taken from his Ojibway family to a notorious Catholic Residential School and his journey to …
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Honor the day for Truth and Reconciliation

Introduction: 4 Days of Learning

With the intention of reconciliation through education, CityU would like to introduce the 4 Days of Learning Series in response to the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. This series is to acknowledge that reconciliation is an ongoing process that needs to be honoured on all days, not just on the day of remembrance.   Over …
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