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Indigenous Olds College

Oki, Tannishi, Tawâw 

Olds College is situated on traditional Treaty Seven Territory and Region Three of the Alberta Métis Nation. We recognize that Indigenous Peoples are the first peoples of our country and we honour and respect those roots. 

At Olds College, our goal is to foster an environment of mutual respect and trust among all learners. Indigenous students, along with members of faculty and staff at the College have expressed a desire to have spaces on campus that reflect the rich history and culture of Indigenous people.

With respect to the recommendations put forth in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada report (2015), it is both our desire and responsibility to support Indigenous learners in an honest, respectful and welcoming manner as they pursue their studies at Olds College. 

We strive to learn from Indigenous students and their families, and to embrace opportunities to learn about Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing. In step with Indigenous learners, we work to build credible and sustainable relationships with Indigenous communities.

Events & Resources

The Medicine Wheel and the 12 Steps program were given to us by the Creator and Elders to overcome our worst enemy ever: Addiction. It is said that those of us who are affected by this disease are the very ones who must carry and nurture this healing process if we are to survive as spiritual people.

Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Hybrid: Online and in the Gathering Room (in the library)

Everyone is welcome! Some of us may live with a loved one with an addiction and some of us are struggling with addiction. We’ll start with a meal at 5:30 p.m. followed by programming from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Olds College Indigenous Relationship Building Strategy

At Olds College, our goal is to foster an environment of respect and trust among all learners, staff and guests. We humbly recognize that our Canadian history informs current and future action, and we wish to support Indigenous learners in an honest, truthful, and accountable manner as they pursue their studies with us.  We strive to learn from Indigenous students and their families; we embrace opportunities to learn about Indigenous knowledge, and Indigenous ways of knowing. In step with these values and in the spirit of reconciliation, we will work to build credible and sustainable relationships with Indigenous learners here on campus, and their families, communities, and Nations as well.

Priorities

Recognizing that Olds College is a crossroads for many cultures and peoples we strive to:

  • Nurture an inclusive campus culture that values Indigenous peoples, and ways of knowing and being
  • Enhance Indigenous students’ experience at OC 
  • Strengthen and build relationships with Indigenous Communities
  • Develop institutional practices and spaces for Indigenous learners 
  • Support faculty and staff to develop greater understanding of Indigenous ways and assist them in incorporating this newly acquired knowledge into curriculum in meaningful and tangible ways
  • Become a college of choice for Indigenous students
  • Olds College has officially signed the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Indigenous Protocol that was developed by CICan with its members and partners in the Indigenous communities. Founded on seven principles, the protocol underscores the importance of structures and approaches required to address Indigenous peoples’ learning needs and support self-determination and socio-economic development of Indigenous communities. 

    CICan member organizations who sign on to the protocol:

    1. Commit to making Indigenous education a priority

    2. Ensure governance structures recognize and respect Indigenous peoples

    3. Implement intellectual and cultural traditions of Indigenous peoples through curriculum and learning approaches relevant to learners and communities

    4. Support students and employees to increase understanding and reciprocity among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples

    5. Commit to increasing the number of Indigenous employees with ongoing appointments throughout the institution, including Indigenous senior administrators

    6. Establish Indigenous-centred holistic services and learning environments for learner success

    7. Build relationships and be accountable to Indigenous communities in support of self-determination through education, training and applied research