Anthony Isaac and Wendy Terbasket at Okanagan College for the 10th annual Aboriginal Student Recognition Ceremony photo: contributed

Indigenous students recognized at ceremony at Okanagan College

The ceremony recognizes that students are getting an education while holding onto Indigenous background and teachings

The 10th annual Aboriginal Student Recognition Ceremony recognized students, educators and community members at Okanagan College.

“The ceremony is to recognize that these students are getting an education while still holding onto their Indigenous background and teachings,” said Jewell Gillies, Aboriginal transition program advisor.

“There are cultural teachings that we on the coast learn from the Big House that give us a sense of our identity, but we want our students to understand that they can carry that with them while they study here. We want to bring harmony to both places.”

The Big House, in the past, referred to literal big houses that sheltered up to four families of a clan. Today, they house ceremonies, decision-making, and discussions between nations and clans.

“It’s a place where we inherit knowledge from our communities,” said Gillies.

READ MORE: Home sweet home for Okanagan College trades students

READ MORE: VIDEO: Kelowna 10th Annual Youth Exhibition Powwow marked with Eagle Staff

Okanagan College’s 10th Powwow was hon

The ceremony included performances by Metis Jigger, Mary Ouillette, Powwow dancers, Arnold and Deanna Ackachuk, Inuit Throat Singer, Shirley Amguttitairiq, and keynote speakers.

“It’s an honour to be part of recognizing our students’ successes, and it’s equally heartening to see them turn around and acknowledge their instructors, family, friends and community members who have invested in their education,” said Okanagan College President, Jim Hamilton.

READ MORE: Okanagan College Board of Governors re-elects chair and vice-chair

READ MORE: Okanagan College launches Indigenous cooking training

That sense of community and collaboration is something Okanagan College business student Wendy Terbasket said she has experienced during her time at the College. She nominated OC School of Business professor Scott Overland.

“My people are making great strides for the betterment of their future and communities,” said Terbasket.

“Scott has been a great sounding board for my concerns, not only about my post-secondary journey but also about the struggles in my community,” said Terbasket.

Instructors Teresa Proudlove, Laura Jockman, Richard Volk, Adam Craig, Stacey Grimm, Denise Boudreau, Dana Hurtubise, Tracy Riley, Diane Little, Katherine Bonell, and Matthia Vaillancourt were also honoured for going above and beyond for their students.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Column: When is plant and animal species loss a crisis?

David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Clear skies and pushing 20 C

Environement Canada forcasts a sunny and warm Easter weekend

BC Care Providers to explore new solutions to care aide shortage in Okanagan

CEO Daniel Fontaine finishes Listening Tour, discusses possible care aide internship in Okanagan

Peeling away: OK strip clubs disappearing

Hear from Penticton’s only strip club owner about their success in a dying industry

It’s time to Ring and Sing, in spring

The Musaic Vocal Ensemble and the Oliver Handbell Ringers present a concert for bells and voices

Parliament Hill 4-20 organizers predict record crowd after legalization

A celebration? Yes, but organizers say concerns remain about the government’s decisions on legalization rollout

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Parents say Austrian climber missing in Banff National Park ‘lived his dream’

David Lama, Hansjorg Auer and American climber Jess Roskelley have been missing since Wednesday

Six months after legalization, high prices and supply issues boost illicit pot market

It has been six months since Canada became the first industrialized country to legalize recreational cannabis

Seattle’s 4-20 ‘protestival’ enjoys tolerance, some support – and B.C. could do the same

Seattle’s Hempfest a large-scale occasions with vendors, prominent musical acts and thousands of attendees

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, multiple people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

Local Kelowna project tabs restaurant workers for industry fundraiser

The 2nd Hungry Games invites fundraises for local charities

Home Hardware to give away free Reusable Shopping Bags in honour of Earth Day

“We feel we have a responsibility to keep our ecological footprint as small as possible”

Most Read