Elder Welcome and Land Acknowledgment - watch now

August 27, 2021

Recently, Okanagan College spoke with Elders and Knowledge Sharers of the Syilx Okanagan and Secwepemc Nations to talk about the importance of the land.  Okanagan College respectfully acknowledges that our Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon campuses are located on the unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan People, our Salmon Arm campus is located on the unceded territory of the Secwepemc People, and our Revelstoke Centre is located on the unceded territories of the Ktunaxa, Secwepemc, Sinixt and Syi...

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RESPECT Fostering Reconciliation in the Classroom

August 3, 2021

This Indigenous-led course from IndienEYEZ and OC's Continuing Studies supports school teachers and support workers to foster cultural safety and reconciliation in the classroom. Implementing the new curriculum and the First Peoples Principles of Learning can be challenging for teachers with limited experience with Indigenous peoples and histories. This experiential training supports participants to practice tools that increase their comfort with teaching Indigenous students and topics, creating classrooms that are more inclusive and hold s...

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Get involved - Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training is looking to hear from First Nations communities and leadership, and Indigenous peoples and organizations on the draft action plan to implement the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.

Feedback continues to be welcome through the EngageBC website at https://engage.gov.bc.ca/declaration. There are many ways to provide feedback including: commenting directly online; filling out a feedback form or sending a written submission to declaration@gov.bc.ca.

The Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, on behalf of the provincial government, has extended the engagement period on the draft action plan to Sept. 15. Previously, the engagement period was intended to finish by July 31. 

 

Knmalka-Sənqattən Garden
History of the Vernon Indigenous Garden

July 19, 2021

The following story is being shared from Castanet. The story was submitted by the Community Engagement Co-ordinator with the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives. The K’nma?ka? S?nqâ?t?n Garden is located at the Vernon campus of Okanagan College, on the traditional and unceded territories of the Syilx Nation. The garden’s creation was a collaboration between the Okanagan Indian Band, the College, and the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan, and showcases traditional Syilx plants, medicine, foods and C’aptikwl. The first plants added to ...

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I Pledge for National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2021

For National Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, June 21, OC President Neil Fassina shared the video message below with the OC community – as well as an invitation to join in participating in the I Pledge campaign. Okanagan College recognizes that each community member has a vital role to play in reconciliation. Join us in reading and acting on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. As individuals and as part of the OC community, we can each find meaningful opportunities to reflect on the legacy of residential schools, ...

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Hand Drum Workshop

June 8, 2021

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Siobhan Detkavich
OC alumna makes debut on Top Chef Canada

April 27, 2021

OC Culinary Arts alumna Siobhan Detkavich is the youngest and first female indigenous chef to compete on the newest season of Top Chef Canada and she's still competing after the show's second week. The Okanagan College Alumni Association caught up with Siobhan and she had lots to say, without spilling the beans of course. “The overall experience was probably hands down the most stressful experience of my life,” she says. “There’s such a huge misrepresentation of indigenous people o...

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Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation
Nominate a student now for Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation

April 27, 2021

A recent update to the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation has opened nominations to a wider breadth of students from programs less than two years in length, two-year diploma programs and four-year undergraduate programs. The Lieutenant Governor’s Medal Program was created to recognize students who excel in their studies and contribute to the life of their institution or community. The recent changes to the program criteria will now recognize students who have made outstanding contributions in the promoti...

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OC Indigenization Task Force update

April 13, 2021

This message has been posted on behalf of the Okanagan College Indigenization Task Force. Okanagan College's Indigenization Task Force is currently in its engagement phase with Indigenous communities to seek guidance and reflections on how OC can do a better job of working with, and learning from, Indigenous communities. Engaging with community partners and stakeholders ensures we hear everyone’s voice in a holistic manner and these conversations will help guide us in our Indigenization plan.  We will review and cluster input, insights and...

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Jim Hamilton wrapped in a blanket from the Westbank First Nation
New Indigenous student award fund honours retiring president’s commitment

March 30, 2021

A long-time president’s unswerving commitment to ensuring more Indigenous students can access and succeed in post-secondary education has prompted the establishment of a new student award fund. Since 2005, when Jim Hamilton officially began his leadership of Okanagan College, the number of Indigenous students at the institution has grown from fewer than 500 to more than 1,900 in 2018-19. Now, as he retires, a new award fund has been set up in his family’s name, already garnering commitments from the Okanagan College Board of Governors, the...

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OCFA Sponsored Indigenous Speaker Series

March 8, 2021

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Pulling Together workshop
Free workshops can help post-secondary employees facilitate Indigenous student success

February 26, 2021

Okanagan College's Jewell Gillies is co-hosting a six-week workshop series that will help post-secondary professionals in student-facing roles facilitate student success and contribute to long-term improvements for Indigenous students and communities. Gillies joins College of New Caledonia’s Executive Director of Aboriginal Education, Marlene Erickson, to deliver an engaging overview of the BCcampus Pulling Together: A Guide for Front-Line Staff, Student Services, and Advisors resource – an open education resource – which reflects a holisti...

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Aboriginal Student Day Celebration

February 23, 2021

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OCFA Sponsored Indigenous Speaker Series

February 17, 2021

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Jim Hamilton wrapped in a blanket from the Westbank First Nation
WFN honours OC President Jim Hamilton

December 11, 2020

Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton was honoured by the Westbank First Nation in a virtual blanket wrapping ceremony held on Dec. 10, 2020. Original release from the Westbank First Nation. Westbank First Nation (WFN) has honoured Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton for his efforts to support the access of Indigenous students to higher learning and Indigenization of the post-secondary system, as well as strengthening ties between WFN and the College. Hamilton was surprised by a blanket wrapping ceremony, conducted virtually, December...

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Indigenous Knowledge Speakers Series

October 26, 2020

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