Inside WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY Waterloo | Brantford | Kitchener | Toronto Photo: Simon Wilson APRIL 2013 Tahnee Bennett of Fort Erie sings and beats a drum as pow wow attendees dance around her during for Aborginal Awareness Week activities on Laurier’s Brantford campus. Laurier celebrates Aboriginal culture University campuses host a variety of events and lectures for Aboriginal Awareness Week By Stacey Morrison Photos: Sandra Muir Laurier celebrated Aboriginal Awareness Week in March on its Waterloo and Brantford campuses with a number of events, lectures and colourful examples of Aboriginal music, art and culture. On the Brantford campus, the week kicked-off with an Idle-KNOW-More teach-in to promote awareness and understanding of the Idle No More movement and other colonialresistance activities across Canada and North America. The event included presentations from renowned academics, a Clan Mother and a local historian from Six Nations. “Traditional Tuesday” featured a pow wow demontration, hand-drummers and Hoop dancer Nicole Shawana leads a workshop on the Waterloo campus. 6 Meet Ken Boyd, Laurier’s ICT Solutions director, Blues lover and ardent hobbyist. a smoke dance competition. The following day, an artists’ showcase included examples of spoken word, Métis fiddling, and a variety of other music, plus an art expo. On “Theraputic Thursday” healers were on campus demontrating Reiki, reflexology and other natural medicines, and Laurier graduate student and motivational speaker Darren Thomas performed a hypnotist show. The week wrapped up with a lecture on the legacy of residential schools by Theodore Fontaine, author of Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools: A Memoir. “Aboriginal Awareness Week is an opportunity for the Laurier campuses and the community to celebrate the richness of Aboriginal culture,” said Jean Becker, senior advisor: Aboriginal initiatives. “We are trying to continue to enhance Laurier’s reputation as a leader in embracing Aboriginal 7 culture on our campuses, and weeks like this are important.” Laurier’s Waterloo campus celebrated with a variety of events, including a hoop dancing workshop, drum circle, and a panel discussion on the impacts of Bill C45 on the environment and the Indian Act. The week concluded with a comedy performance by Ryan McMahon. Emergency response exercise planned for Brantford campus On Tuesday, April 30 at 8:30 a.m., Laurier’s Brantford campus will be conducting a live exercise to evaluate emergency response plans. Working with Brantford Police Service, the exercise will include an officer playing the role of an armed intruder in the Research and Academic Centre. The Brantford Police B.E.A.T. unit will respond to the incident, and members of the Emergency Operations Group will meet to Dana Weiner researches slavery and prejudice in the early U.S. Northwest. work through the emergency response plans. The exercise will also allow for a test of the new Emergency Notification System (ENS), recently put in place by Special Constable Service and Information Technology Services to notify students, staff and faculty of critical incidents on campus. For more information about the exercise or Laurier’s ENS, please visit: www.wlu.ca/brantford/scs. 8 Laurier played host to students and parents at annual open houses.