Aboriginal Awareness Week is this week, kicking off on March 7 and running through Friday the 11th at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, the university’s Aboriginal Awareness Centre announced.
The goal is to “enhance participants’ understanding of aboriginal peoples and culture” and will include a keynote address by Ethel Blondin-Andrew, who was Canada’s first female aboriginal Member of Parliament when she was elected in 1988 as the MP for the Western Arctic district. She went on to serve in the cabinet as well.
She’ll talk about her life as a Dene from Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, and her decades-long political career, the center said in a release.
“It is very exciting to have someone like Ethel here in Thunder Bay,” said Brent Kelso, director of the Aboriginal Awareness Centre, in the organization’s statement. "It's valuable for all Canadians to better understand Aboriginal People and their culture, but this is a matter that's becoming particularly important in Thunder Bay. Northern communities and citizens are enriched when we better understand each other's positions and can make meaningful advancements together.”
Highlights of the week’s activities will include a Bannock Bake-off contest on Friday. Interested bakers can register to compete all during the week.