Several times throughout the year, we pause to reflect on the past and look to the future with celebrations that honour Indigenous heritage and recognize the accomplishments of our Indigenous students.
The four events we hold each year:
- Indigenous Welcome
- Indigenous Celebration Day,
- Indigenous Winter Feast and Poiskinnaksin
- Indigenous Honour Night
Note: All events are all made possible by the generous support of our donor partner, RBC Foundation.
As the first step into college life for Indigenous students, the Indigenous Welcome guides students in experiencing the support and activities available to them as Indigenous students at Lethbridge College. Each fall term, following the New Student Orientation, the Indigenous Welcome connects students to the Indigenous Services team and the Circle of Services that are available to them.
Indigenous Celebration Day
Celebrate the pride, history and knowledge of First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture and heritage during our annual Indigenous Celebration Day. Over the course of the day, you’ll be immersed in Indigenous culture with a line-up of both traditional and contemporary entertainment, including:
- powwow drumming and dancing performances
- Métis fiddling and jigging
- a hand drum contest
- a taste of culture
- arts, crafts and community exhibits
Indigenous Winter Feast and Poiskinnaksin
At the halfway point of the winter semester, our students engage in prayer and a source of renewal during our Indigenous Winter Feast and Poiskinnaksin (sacred ochre blessing). It’s an opportunity for our students to spend time socially visiting with the Elders and sharing social space in the Niitsitapi Gathering Place. This mid-winter event rejuvenates students and provides encouragement to continue to the end of the semester successfully.
Indigenous Honour Night
Each spring, we host Indigenous Honour Night in conjunction with Lethbridge College Convocation. The event is a time for graduating students, their families, supporting agencies, college faculty and staff to come together in celebration of the accomplishments of our Indigenous graduates.