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Celebrating Aboriginal culture at Laurier

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Mar 1/13| For Immediate Release


Melissa Ireland, Aboriginal Student Support Coordinator
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo campus
519-884-0710 ext. 4190 or


Bonnie Whitlow, Aboriginal Student Support Coordinator
Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford campus
519-756-8228 ext. 5884 or

BRANTFORD – Aboriginal culture at Laurier will be celebrated during the annual Aboriginal Awareness Week at both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses March 4-8.

“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 culture on our campuses, and weeks like this are important.”

Waterloo campus events include presentations, crafts, drumming and dancing workshops, and a comedy performance by Ryan McMahon on Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Arts Building, room 1E1.

Other highlights at the Waterloo campus include:

  • Drumology, a cross-cultural drumming journey with African drum stylings and First Nations Drums, followed by a drumming circle, March 6 at 10 a.m., Senate and Board Chamber
  • Movie screening of Crooked Arrows, March 7 at 6 p.m., Kitchener: Faculty of Social Work, room FSW101
  • Geronimo Henry, residential schools survivor, March 8 at 10:30 a.m., Arts Building, room 1E1
  • Panel discussion on the impacts of Bill C45 on the environment and the Indian Act, March 9 at 1 p.m. in Bricker Academic Building, room BA201

In Brantford, events include traditional Tuesday, an artists’ showcase, and therapeutic Thursday, with a special presentation by author Theodore Fontaine on the legacy of residential schools on March 8 at 2:30 p.m., Research and Academic Centre, 150 Dalhousie Street, room RCW002.

Other highlights at the Brantford campus include:

  • PowWow demonstration by Two Row Education, March 5, noon, Student Centre multi-purpose room, 103 Darling Street
  • Smoke dance competition, open to all participants, March 5, 5:30 p.m., Student Centre multi-purpose room, 103 Darling Street
  • Artists’ showcase including spoken word, hip hop, rock, Métis fiddling, gospel and blues artists, March 6, noon to 7 p.m., Student Centre multi-purpose room, 103 Darling Street
  • Hypnotist show with motivational speaker and Laurier graduate student Darren Thomas, March 7, 5 p.m., 97 Dalhousie Street, room 007

For a full list of events at both campuses visit All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

For more information, contact Melissa Ireland, Waterloo campus at or Bonnie Whitlow, Brantford campus at


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