February the month of love,
February contains many important events for those anxious to
learn about the contributions of black people in Canada, according
to Harold Usher, London Ward 6 Councillor and a member of the
London Black History and Resource Committee.
“What we need to tell people is that this is a unique
month, an opportune month to learn a little bit of the history
of our country that seems to be fading into the background
of everything that is happening,” Usher said.
Some of the events at Museum London include a display of artifacts
that focus on historically important black people and events
in the community over the last 200 years, Usher said.
He added the opening ceremony for Black History Month, hosted
by Western’s Black Students’ Association, will
take place in the University Community Centre atrium tomorrow
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..
Shane Heywood, a political officer for the BSA, said the ceremonies
will include poetry, music and dancing. “[There will
be] a focus this year on Canadian black history,” he
Get some action
Free movies, a rally and [no] beer are all to be found tomorrow
under the banner reading, “Your education shouldn’t
be a debt sentence.”
Feb. 4 is the Canadian Federation of Students’ sponsored
national day of student action; Western’s version, however,
will be staged through a collaboration of the UWO Public Interest
Research Group and the Society of Graduate Students, said UWOPIRG
member and fourth-year media, information and technoculture
student Toben Alexander.
The rally will be less political than in recent years, he
said, noting the purpose of the rally is to demonstrate the
need for public education to remain accessible to lower income
families. In the past, he said, increases in federal transfer
payments have not kept up with inflation.
The film My Student Debt will be aired at 11 a.m. in the University
Community Centre’s CentreSpot lounge, followed by a rally
on Concrete Beach at noon.
The event also includes live entertainment and speakers from
several groups at Western, and organizers are asking students
to come show support.
Churchill (no, not THAT Churchill) lectures
Interested in the contributions and struggles of the First
Nations people in Canadian society, past and present?
The Student Development Centre, in conjunction with the department
of anthropology, are hosting a lecture entitled A ‘New
World Order’? Colonialism, Genocide and the Canadian
State, with award-winning speaker and rights activist Ward
Churchill from Colorado University.
“People need a historical reference with regard to First
Nations people by the government and subsequent governments,” said
Vivian Peters, co-ordinator and counsellor for First Nations
Services of the SDC, citing the treatment of native Americans.
“The point is to foster a welcoming environment where
anyone can learn about the true facts of the First Nations
people,” she added.
The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. in Rm.
315 of the University Community Centre. Admission is free.
Not unoriginal, AB-original
A new degree at Brandon University is opening doors for those
looking to study Aboriginal art.
The first of its kind in Canada, the bachelor of fine arts
degree in visual and Aboriginal art studies educates students
in the ancient arts of beading, teepee building and carving.
Students are now able to pursue four-year majors or minors
in Aboriginal art, ceramics, painting and digital media and
design. With funding from the provincial government, “lots
of hard work, and many, many years,” the program is now
underway, said program co-ordinator Colleen Ketchel, adding
that the response has been positive.
“Last year we had 92 students, and this year, I think
[we have] 192,” Ketchel said. Approximately one quarter
of the university population is Aboriginal, but Ketchel noted
classes consist of a full range of students.