Brock’s Indigenous Peoples Awareness Week (IPAW) wrapped up Friday, June 23 after five days of workshops, conversations and celebrations.
Organized by the University’s Hadiyaˀdagénhahs First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Centre, IPAW welcomed people from across Niagara and beyond to take part in 20 different learning opportunities.
Among the week’s events were a vendor fair that welcomed Indigenous artisans, a talk on the seven cycles of life from Elder Aabiidaasmosede Peter Beaucage and a sealskin presentation from Vanessa Brousseau, an Inuk social media influencer and artist.
Hadiyaˀdagénhahs Director Cindy Biancaniello said the week was a chance for everyone who participated to connect and learn together.
“This week has been amazing. It’s so nice to celebrate our First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and community members,” she said. “We have shared our knowledge, our skills and our crafts, which has been a lot of work from all of our team and partners, but being able to create those new connections and participate in those life-changing conversations has been profound.”