DC Recognizes National Indigenous History Month

Tomorrow marks the beginning of National Indigenous History Month in Canada, a time to reflect on the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, contributions and resiliency of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Durham College (DC) is committed to the ongoing process of reconciliation and building respectful, reciprocal relationships that contribute to better educational outcomes for all students and a stronger community. As an equity-driven college, DC has made significant progress in advancing Indigenization by incorporating meaningful Indigenous perspectives and knowledge into courses and programs, ensuring events and services are culturally respectful, offering professional development to employees, and identifying opportunities to further prioritize Indigenous education.

“As we prepare students to become leaders and contributing members of our community, we have a responsibility to confront issues of decolonization and emphasize equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging,” said Dr. Elaine Popp, President. “Guided by the First Peoples Indigenous Centre and the Durham College Indigenous Advisory Circle, we will continue to increase our knowledge and understanding of the past and the issues that Indigenous communities face today.”

In recognition of this month, the DC Library has curated a collection focused on Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge, heritage, rights, and histories. Members of the DC community can reflect at the Naanaagide’endamowin Courtyard at the Oshawa campus and visit the Weeping Willow Tree that commemorates the Indigenous children who did not make it home from Indian Residential, Day and Industrial Schools.

Reconciliation is an ongoing journey, and DC will remain a welcome place for Indigenous peoples.