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With the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation taking place on Friday, September 30, just a week away, Okanagan College invites the community to its annual youth exhibition to celebrate and educate the public on indigenous culture.

“It is a really beautiful event for us to host at Okanagan College because it allows us to share our culture, teaching, dance and the meaning behind them,” said Anthony Isaacs, manager of Indigenous Services at Okanagan College.

“This is really a great educational and awareness opportunity for the broader college community and the students at large.”

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Students from across Kelowna were invited to Okanagan College, where they learned more about Pauwo’s ​​history, featured dances, and grand entrance. Isaac says that having younger students at the event gives them the opportunity to learn about indigenous history outside of the classroom.

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“We invite a lot of young people from school districts to come out and participate in this program, really helping to promote the idea of ​​post-secondary education, but also a chance to see what happens in college. The culture is respected and respected.” Isaac said.

“That level of commitment we want to share with students, let them know they can come here and learn in a welcoming and inclusive environment.”

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The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is next Friday, and this is the second year it is being recognized nationally. However, the program has been recurring at the college for more than a decade and organizers say it reflects the school’s commitment to reconciliation.

“They are showing kindness, this is our 13th year and kindness means respect,” said Richard Jackson Jr.

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“I’m a true, true believer that culture is healing. I sit on board at the Round Lake Treatment Center and we have a great treatment center for people of all colors and races. It’s a healing process that we’re doing today. Huh.”

The college will host events till 30th, including film screenings Indian horse on the 27th. Next Thursday, there will be a flag hoisting program in Kelowna campus in honor of those affected by the Indian residential school system.

All events are listed on the Okanagan College website.

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