Indigenous Celebration Week
Event Rescheduled due to Omicron COVID-19 variant
The University of Alberta Students' Union (UASU) recognizes that the aggressive Omicron variant is driving a rapid fourth major wave of COVID-19 infections. While Omicron is not yet well understood, new cases and test positivity are rising at a faster rate than in previous waves.
Due to sharply rising COVID-19 numbers, the University and the provincial government have decided to shift most classes online, and take other safety measures, until at least January 23. Other post-secondary institutions across Alberta and the rest of Canada are taking similar measures against Omicron.
What does this mean for Indigenous Celebration Week (ICW) 2022?
Many ICW events and sessions are intended for in-person formats. More importantly, our data from other UASU programs indicate that students have a higher desire for in-person compared to virtual programming. The UASU, in consultation with Aboriginal Student Council, has decided to postpone the event to the end of March 2022, with the goal of holding the event on campus during a time when it is (hopefully) safe to do so.
We appreciate everyone’s excitement about this event, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone for ICW in March!
Mark your calendars!
Happening March 21 - 25, 2022
The University of Alberta Students' Union (UASU), in partnership with Aboriginal Students' Council, will be hosting Indigenous Celebration Week (ICW) for the first time. The event is taking place from March 21 - 25, 2022, at the University of Alberta North Campus. This event is being hosted to help build Indigenous community on campus and educate settlers about Indigenous peoples' cultures, histories and how to live as Treaty partners.
Schedule of events
You can view the schedule of events HERE.
You can start building your agenda, but registration for the events doesn't start until January 05, 2022. Some events have limited capacity, and we will have registrations links open through Eventbrite.
Looking at the schedule and want to offer a session, workshop, or get-together yourself? Get in touch with us! Email email@example.com
Volunteer Sign-up is Open!
Time Commitment: 5-8hrs (or more if you'd like!) between March 21 - 25, 2022
Role Description: Session Coordinator The Session Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that participants and facilitators have everything that is needed during facilitation and presenting. This role will help manage break out rooms for virtual events, help with room set up for in-person events, answer attendee questions, and anything else that the facilitator may need. The best perk of this role is that you get to be part of the session itself!
Application deadline: January 30, 2022
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How is ICW planned? Who's making the decisions?
ICW has an Advisory Committee that consists of FNMI representatives from Aboriginal Student Council, First Peoples' House, and an FNMI Student-at-Large. All high-level decisions regarding programming, speakers, and visuals are made by the committee. The UASU has a coordination committee (consisting of staff and the VP Student Life) that handle the logistical and operational aspects of the event-planning, including the implementation of the Advisory Committee's recommendations.
Interested in joining the Advisory Committee? Recruitment for Student-at-Large positions will start in Spring 2022.
What is the story behind the graphic for ICW 2022?
The main ICW graphic is an illustration by an Indigenous artist: Halie Finney.
"I wanted to do a pack of coyotes running together in tall grass at night, I was thinking like a current of coyotes. Coyotes are an animal that are pretty widespread, they exist in urban spaces and rural, northern and southern, etc, I think everyone has a relationship with coyotes. The red ribbon emphasizes their unified motion and symbolizes the future/moving forward. The other coyotes are carrying sage which, I think, many indigenous cultures use for healing. " - Halie Finney
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