FREDERICTON – New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) officially launched its Indigenous Learning and Engagement Initiative today, taking the first steps on a new path towards reconciliation.
The Indigenous Learning and Engagement Initiative will increase opportunities for students and staff to learn from and about Indigenous culture and history. The launch occurred at NBCC Fredericton’s graduation ceremony, where Indigenous leaders walked into the Richard J. Currie Centre alongside NBCC officials, and coincides with National Indigenous Peoples Day on Thursday, June 21.
“We offer an open invitation to the Indigenous peoples of this land to walk with us, to share with us what they would have us know and to guide us all as we find our way back to right relationships,” said NBCC President and CEO Marilyn Luscombe.
“As an institution, we recognize that we must renew our relationships with the Indigenous peoples of this land to foster a greater understanding among students, staff and the NBCC Board of Governors, and the successful participation of Indigenous students and partners in NBCC’s learning activities.”
As part of the Indigenous Learning and Engagement Initiative, NBCC has hired its first Director of Indigenous Learning and Engagement. The director’s mandate is to guide NBCC in fulfilling commitments in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action; engage Indigenous communities in authentic partnerships with NBCC; and develop learning outcomes and activities for NBCC students and staff.
“I invite all staff and students to join us on this journey towards reconciliation,” said Luscombe.
NBCC Indigenous Student Advisor Charlie Nicholas and NBCC Information Technology student Jeremiah Palmater perform a Mi’kmaq honour song as NBCC President and CEO Marilyn Luscombe and NBCC Board of Governors Chair L. Paul Elliott present friendship gifts to Indigenous leaders. NBCC launched its Indigenous Learning and Engagement Initiative during graduation festivities for the Fredericton campus today.
With over 90 programs and six campuses across New Brunswick, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) is a provincially recognized post-secondary institution renowned for producing skilled, knowledgeable college graduates. NBCC offers students full-time concentrated study periods in one- and two-year certificate and diploma programs. For more information, visit: www.nbcc.ca.
Communications Coordinator, NBCC