Friday, 9 January 2015

Happy January!

Welcome to the new year and the new term! We have a lot planned for this winter, so please keep checking back for news about upcoming events.

First in our calendars is the next lunch-and-learn in our series. On Thursday, January 15, from 11:30-12:30, White-Lightning Clark, Lambton College student and 2014 President of the Aboriginal Students' Council, will lead us through a presentation about the Round Dance tradition and event. (We're still working on booking a room--things are busy as class schedules get sorted out, but we should know which room we'll be in very soon and I'll post an update.)

Some of the folks from the Aboriginal Students' Council accepting an Awesome Foundation Award, which will help to support the upcoming Round Dance. You can read more about the event here.

This lunchtime meeting will be a great chance to learn more about the Round Dance in preparation for the Round Dance event itself, which is coming up on Friday, January 30 at the Lambton College Event Centre. The Round Dance is being organized by the Aboriginal Students’ Council (ASC) here at Lambton, and it’s being funded in part by an Awesome Foundation Award.

The Round Dance Event is open to everyone. It's meant to be a social activity, and all are welcome. Here's a description of the Round Dance, as shared by the ASC on the Awesome Foundation website:

"The Round Dance ceremony comes from our Cree relatives of the western plains. 
The recent popularity of this type of gathering has caught on here in the Great Lakes area.
 More communities are hosting their own Round Dances. The event consists of an emcee 
and a stickman who keeps the event in motion and acknowledges the lead singers and any 
other singers who arrive. He also is in charge of choosing the next lead singer to sing 4 songs
with the help of any other singers. Spectators can choose to take part in the dance called "the 
side step". This dance is slow and to the beat of the hand drums. The dancers dance in a circle
around the table of singers; hence the event's name, "Round Dance". The night is a great 
opportunity to socialize with friends and family but to also meet new people. In addition, the 
evening will include a silent auction and a traditional food booth to raise money and awareness
 for the Annual Pow Wow being held at the college on April 2, 2015. We would like to bring this 
very special event from the First Nation culture to the students, staff and faculty of Lambton 
College. We always look to educate the Lambton College and local community on the culture 
and traditionsof the First Nations people in the interests of understanding, diversity and friendship."

In the same spirit as the 2014 Global Citizenship Summit, the Round Dance will celebrate our community's diversity.

We’ll give you details about the night as they become available, but this is certainly something to look forward to.

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