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?
Mohawk Language speakers in the external links section
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)
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