You Asked, We Answered!

A follow-up from the National Indigenous Peoples Day Presentation June 19th.

Q: Where are things at with developing the SLC Indigenous Framework?

A: At this point in time we are being guided by the multi-year objective in our Strategic Plan, Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being.  Within that objective we have three primary Areas of focus: Incorporate Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being throughout our college community; Advance the process of reconciliation and support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action; and respect the principles of the Indigenous Education Protocol.

Two of these areas of focus actually provide us with frameworks which we have adopted and they are guiding the Strategic Initiatives being brought forward.  CICAN’s Indigenous Education Protocol can be found here: https://www.collegesinstitutes.ca/policyfocus/indigenous-learners/protocol/

In terms of the TRC Calls to Action, the College sector has in partnership across all institutions developed a framework to guide the work – a visual of the framework is attached.  We are free to modify the Provincial TRC Framework as we think is appropriate for St. Lawrence College.

The Strat Plan, the CICAN Protocol and the Provincial TRC Framework are the primary frameworks we are using to guide us at this time.

-Rick Anderson, Vice-President of Student Affairs

Q: Is there a website with audio that can help us practice the appropriate pronunciation of Indigenous terms?

A: Anishinaabemowin Inuktut (Inuit languages) Provided by Anya Brooker, Student Rights and Responsibilities Officer

Mohawk Language speakers in the external links section

Mohawk Pronunciation Guide

Ojibwe Language App for Devices

Q: Is there significance in choosing the colours of the beads used in a wampum?

A: The colours of beads chosen for wampum hold their own message of significance.

White beads signify energy and brightness

Purple beads denote solemnity or sorrow (beads appearing black are variations of purple)

Source: https://www.oneidaindiannation.com/wampum-memorializing-the-spoken-word/

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The link to Helena’s sessions here https://teams.microsoft.com/l/channel/19%3a956f8b0891624f8db5a4b21680503c88%40thread.tacv2/General?groupId=38a9b76d-fa4a-4546-98b3-b5ff213f4b9f&tenantId=974d3927-9bb4-48c9-b65c-6094393d030b 

CESB Information

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SLC Brockville Students, 

We are writing to update all of you regarding a recent decision that was made by the Federal government to help students provide income support across Canada. The Canadian Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) will provide financial relief to those who are eligible from May-August 2020. Click on the link below for more information and please do not hesitate to contact any of the SAC executives if you have any further questions. 
SAC President – Janis Denechaudsgpresb@sl.on.ca
SAC VP of Student Life – Mary Holmessgvpstlb@sl.on.ca
SAC VP of Finance – Madu Rameshan ​sgvpfinb@sl.on.ca

Update from SLC President – Glenn

glennHello folks,

I want to start this note by welcoming our students who are starting their spring/summer semester today!  While I understand you’d rather be on campus with your classmates and faculty, I also know that a lot of hard work and planning has gone into delivering this semester for you.  Your support teams are here, as always, so please reach out if you need any assistance. Make sure you continue to visit the student FAQ pages, and the COVID-19 information pages as information there is updated regularly to answer your questions.

As we start a new week, I would like to remind SLC staff and faculty to nominate any deserving colleagues for an SLC Employee Award.  Nominations are due by May 29 and recipients will be honoured in June. It is always good to recognize others who make a positive difference and I encourage people to take this opportunity to nominate someone. If you have any questions, please email ODLearning@sl.on.ca.

As we all look to the future, I know everyone is anxious to hear about our plans for the fall 2020 semester. Please know that various teams are working hard and are planning for a range of scenarios. Our community will be informed shortly, and it will be an ongoing conversation as more details are confirmed in coming weeks. I know we will work together as a college and a community to ensure we provide a safe and productive learning experience for our students.

And finally, I ask faculty and staff to watch your email for an invitation to the next College Conversations virtual town hall which will take place on May 26 at 10:00am. It was terrific to connect with so many staff and faculty at our last virtual town hall, and I look forward to connecting again and continuing the conversation.

Have a great week folks and stay safe!

 

Sincerely,

 

Glenn

 

 

Glenn Vollebregt

President and CEO

St. Lawrence College

100 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston Ontario, K7L 5A6

P  613-544-5400 extension 1591

 

Connect with me on twitter @gvollebregt