National Indigenous History Month


National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month, a time for Canadians to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada through learning about the many contributions First Nation

Olds College is located on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes: the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai, Tsuut’ina and Stoney Nakoda First Nations. The area is also home to Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

As a part of National Indigenous History Month (NIHM), Olds College’s Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee is committed to building relationships with Indigenous Peoples. Every week, we will bring new topics that encourage education, interaction and understanding. We encourage you to participate. There will be a google form each week for you to comment on about what you enjoyed most about each week. Those who participate will be entered for prizes! 

Thank-you to all who took the time to listen, learn and participate! 
We encourage you to continue the journey!

Prize Winners:

Past Celebrations

Week 1: Let’s celebrate Indigenous music, art, and dance! 

Check out these amazing Indigenous artists.  Submit links to other Indigenous artists on our google sheet!  Be entered to win prizes!





Week 2: Get Involved

Want to get involved? Here are a few ways:

  • Be engaged. Anytime you have an opportunity to build a relationship, don’t be shy.  Attend ceremonies, activities, visit the Gathering Room (teach a class in the space), find some resources in the library, do some research.  Try asking questions one-on-one “what are your thoughts?”  

  • Be open to bring in perspective from different cultures. Draw out the knowledge and understanding.  Start small, reach out, respect, show desire to learn more.  Let stories be a powerful tool

  • Add to your email signature: 
    I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. The area is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Indigenous Awareness Training

Facilitator: Holly Fortier, Nisto Consulting
Date: Monday, August 23, 2021
Time: 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: Alumni Centre

Register now!

Visit - Support is there for all of us.

Building a Community of Resources

Refer to resources for teaching and share with fellow faculty and staff! If you have any resources to share that you think other faculty or staff members (such as teaching resources, books, videos, etc) would find helpful or should consider incorporating into their class materials, drop them in the Google Form! These resources will be shared next week. An example of a wonderful teaching resource has been provided by Nicola Hollamby and you can check it out here: Indigenous Perspectives

Library Resources

Entering the term "Native peoples Canada "or "indigenous Canada" into the Library search box results in over 45,000 hits. Limiting the search to Olds College by library location returns over 70 hits, with physical items, online ebooks, articles and films. In the physical collection, the majority of our "E" section, History of the Americas, is dedicated to indigenous items, with a smattering of other books in subjects such as law, knowledge, politics, environment, literature and writing, and in the Fiction section. Can't find what you're looking for? Ask library personnel for assistance; we're here to help.

Tipi Raising 

The Olds College tipi was raised in the wetlands on Saturday, June 12th. All community members and College staff are welcome to visit and enjoy! Submit a picture of yourself at the tipi in the Google Form and be entered to win a prize!

Week 3: National Indigenous People’s Day

National Indigenous People’s Day

June 21 is National Indigenous People’s Day, a day to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples!

Get involved. We are proud to support the Town of Olds virtual event.  

Watch National Indigenous People’s Day Celebration!

Let’s talk and listen

Take the time to Join the host of the 8th Fire series, Wab Kinew, as he takes a walk through the history of the troubled relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.

8th Fire, episodes 1-4

Calls to Action

Read the Calls to Action

Take note that Actions 62 - 65 are directly related to education.  Tell us an Action that stands out to you and how you are committed to building a positive relationship. 

Stay in the know.  Sign up for the Academica Indigenous Top Ten

Take a UofA course 

Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.

Meet Doreen Bergum

Métis Nation of Alberta 
Elder/Knowledge Keeper

Elder/Knowledge Keeper Doreen BergumDoreen Bergum is currently the Métis Elder/Knowledge Keeper for the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.

Born in an era when it was illegal to express and practice her Métis culture. She is proud to educate and share her joy of being Métis .

As an Elder/Knowledge Keeper for the Métis Nation, she opens conferences, meetings and Cultural Events with Prayer. Sharing the wisdom and Culture of her Métis ancestors Doreen teaches Jigging, beading, moccasin making and capote making.

Her drive comes from her commitment to teaching her Métis Culture to the youth, as an important part of our Canadian History and in maintaining the Métis Culture for Future Generations.

Meet one of our many deserving graduates, Lynette Proulx 

Olds College Alumn,  Lynette ProulxWhat are you planning now that you have graduated?

I plan on going to the University of Lethbridge taking an agricultural studies post-diploma program in a bachelor’s degree program. Not 100% sure on the minors but considering agricultural enterprise management and indigenous business. When complete, the end goal is to work for Lytton First Nation, my home Band with their agricultural studies. For the summer I am currently working for LFN where they are doing some ground-breaking programs right now around food sustainability. I’m really excited for this program as I was part of the first meetings in the planning stages 3 years ago and now, I’m working as a gardener and food planner plus other future planning project for LFN Food Hub or YeKm (planting). The branding for the LFN Food Hub is YeKm meaning planting in Nlaka'pamuxtsn. This is an exciting year for YeKm as it’s the ground-breaking year where vegetable crops are being planted, planting and harvesting crew has been put together and the processing facility is in the works to create value added products and shelf life to the perishable foods.

What are you most proud of?

I am proud of every milestone I have overcome. From graduating high school, bull riding, going back to post secondary 10 years later to graduate from SIAST with a certificate in cooking then achieving a Red Seal in the trade in 2015. Making the National Skills Canada Competition twice. And most recently graduating from Olds College. 

School has never been easy for me. I barely graduated from high school as by the last year I just gave up. I put in so much effort from grade 8-11 to prove the teacher wrong and honestly get off my back for getting extra help. Which I honestly needed but who likes to be labelled and lose break times for the help. I did my best and did receive academic and effort honor roll almost every term until grade 12 and I just lost the drive as at that point in my life I never wanted to go to any post secondary education. I had to fight for every mark I just burnt out and wanted out to start life. Well, little did I know those grade 12 marks will haunt you forever. Once I graduated, ranching and rodeos was my path until I felt I needed a life choice change and ended up cooking for our grandparents which led to the first round of post secondary at SIAST in Moose Jaw. Here is where I learned how to study and how to focus with the help for the indigenous consular Rosemarie Zaba Stewart. With her help I made it through the cooking program at the top of my class. Without the help they offered I don’t think I would have done so well. 

The next journey to Olds College was brought on by becoming a single mother and knowing I needed to have a career in a field I love to support my daughter to her fullest. What better program than the Olds Colleges Agricultural Management, major Agricommerce. Cooking school was something because that was a trade school with a lot of hands on and only required grade 10 back then. I was scared to say the least. I had a cooking instructor work with me on giving extra time to finish tests now this is a more in-depth program and two years long. 

With Olds College's help and help from Jodi-lynn and her team I was able to get the help I needed to successfully graduate from olds college with distinction.

Grade school is a narrow path that can make it hard to focus on the end goals as it is only the beginning. Never let the beginning define you. The journey creates your present. 

So ironically every stage of school I have been a chosen role model.

1997 – grade 7 Barriere elementary school First Nation role model campaign for school district #73 included Kamloops they created 3 or 5 posted and selected First Nations from every school in the district from grade 7 to 12, I was one. 

2015? Calendar for SIAST Rosemarie selected me for their Indigenous calendar. I was January that year lol

Oki, Tannishi, Tawâw

Enjoy and remember to tell us what you enjoyed this week! 

Week 4: Let’s have some fun with food and Languages!

Try your hand at Bannock making and you could win! Or find a Indigenous traditional food in one of the many cookbooks you can find online!

  1. Make your food of choice
  2. Submit a picture and what recipe you followed
  3. Describe to us what it tasted like
  4. Our Elder, Doreen Bergum will be the judge and will award prizes for best look and best description.
  5. Feel free to tag your pictures on our social media channels!

Find inspiration

Calgary Herald Bannock

12 Canadian Indigenous Recipes to try

Metis Cookbook

Or try Candice Cappo’s favorite!

  • Baked Bannock
  • 6 Cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 ½ Tbsp baking powder
  • Blend all dry ingredients and add 
  • ¼ Cup lard
  • Make a well in the centre
  • Add water/milk mixture
  • Add 3-4 cups - start with 2 cups milk with 1 cup of water.  Then add water as needed. Mix with a fork until mixed.  Do not over kneed!
  • Bake at 400 for 30 minutes 

Google Form - submit a picture of your bannock and be entered to win a prize! Also complete the Google Form to be entered into a draw for our final week of National Indigenous Peoples Day. We will be drawing names at the end of next week! All entries must be complete by the end of day July 1st. We will be drawing names July 2nd! 

Do you know the 7 Sacred Teachings?

The seven sacred teachings are Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility, and Truth. Each teaching honours one of the basic virtues intrinsic to a full and healthy life. Each teaching is represented by an animal.

Have a listen!

Did you know that There are around 70 distinct Indigenous languages in Canada, falling into 12 separate language families.