Indigenous OC update
way' – weytk – hello to the Okanagan College community,
I’d like to begin by respectfully acknowledging that our Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon campuses are located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan People, our Salmon Arm campus is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwepemc, and our Revelstoke centre is located on the traditional and unceded territories of the Ktunaxa, Secwepemc, Sinixt and Syilx Okanagan Peoples.
I want to extend an immense thanks to everyone who took time on Sept. 30, the first National Truth and Reconciliation Day, to listen, learn, reflect and engage with the day in personally meaningful ways.
Now is the time to think about how we can sustain and grow this incredibly important work, as we continue to take vital steps to infuse Indigenous ways of knowing and doing into every aspect of what we do as a College.
On that note: I’d like to invite you to view a short video message to learn more about the next steps in the journey of Indigenous OC.
This new chapter will build on the many heartening efforts already underway at the College thanks to members of OC’s Indigenization Task Force and team members, students and community members across the region.
This is a path on which I hope we can all feel welcome and encouraged to walk together, supporting and learning from one another and Indigenous Peoples of the region, as we go.
limlemt. kukwstsétsemc. Thank you.
Tags: Okanagan College President, Indigenization
November 1, 2021
After an intense wildfire season, heatwaves and droughts, the need for Canadians to conserve water is more crucial than ever. That’s where OC alumnus Sean McFetridge comes in. He and his wife, Alisha McFetridge, co-founded RainStick Shower, a WiFi-enabled smart shower system that aims to solve water and energy waste by up to 80%. We caught up with Sean to hear more about what he’s been up to since graduating from OC in 2011. Where is your hometown and where are you located now?Kelo...Read more...
September 27, 2021
Kelly Terbasket of IndigenEYEZ has created a new sister organization for allies—kinSHIFT. Launched this spring, kinSHIFT is a tailored set of workshops for non-Indigenous allies who want to take the next step. Designed in response to increasing requests from people who want to be genuine allies, kinSHIFT is a safer space to do the work. ------------ As a person of mixed heritage, I've always felt the divide between cultures and wanted to be part of bridging awareness a...Read more...
September 10, 2021
The writing community of Vernon is taking centre stage in a new film produced by OC English Professor and self-proclaimed budding filmmaker Hannah Calder. For the last four years, Calder has been collaborating with Curtis and Silmara Emde on Why We Write: Poets of Vernon, a film project originally sparked in 2017. Curtis, an OUC alumnus, has stayed in touch with his first-year English professor, Tom Wayman, since completing his studies. When Wayman released his collection of music-...Read more...
September 3, 2021
“I have always been interested in our anatomy and exercising so I enrolled in OC’s Kinesiology Diploma program. My first year was going really well, then COVID-19 hit. I was able to finish the first year in an online format. However, starting school in September completely online, I was struggling to stay engaged with my studies. Before COVID, many of our classes would be active and in the gym. I found it hard to stay present with everything online and not having the same convers...Read more...