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Posted March 22, 2017

Woodsworth Supports Pow Wow and Indigenous Students

First pow wow held at UofT in decades

The College was proud to be one of the supporters of the UofT pow wow held on March 12th at the Athletic Centre. 

The event, Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival, was organized by U of T students and was open to the public. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and an alumna of U of T’s Faculty of Medicine was in attendance.

Not only did the College support this event, but the Woodsworth community provides many opportunities for Indigenous students to achieve academic success. In addition to choosing Woodsworth College directly from high school, many come through the Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program and the Diploma to Degree transfer programs.  The curriculum in our Academic Bridging Program and Woodsworth One Foundation Program highlights the history, contributions and continuing struggles of Indigenous people in Canadian society today.  It is a learning experience for all who choose these courses.  Additionally, the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, affiliated with the College, has recently introduced senior level courses in the area of study: Indigenous Law and Indigenous Peoples & Criminal Justice.

Donors of the College have recognized the need to suport Indigenous students such as recent awards endowed by Tom Mitchinson & David Connolly and Sandra Laughren & Steven Dwyer.

Most recently, one of our students, Julie Blair, Anishinaabe (Objibwa), WDW'17, was awarded the Brookfield Bronfman Gold Scholarship recognizing her strong academic performance and community leadership. 

Woodsworth College has always been proud of its diversity and is stronger for the contributions of its students, including those who identify and Indigenous.

View a video about the pow wow here.