Manitoba Post-Secondary News Roundup: August 2017

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UWinnipeg, University of Manitoba, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) launch Truth and Reconciliation Web Archive →

A new web archive will increase public access to records documenting the history of Residential Schools in Canada. This new digital archive contains websites, news articles, governmental documents, personal blogs, social media accounts, commentaries, and academic material related to the history of the Indian Residential School system and the TRC. “Many of the records documenting the work of the TRC and the public’s response to its Calls to Action are websites that are at great risk of disappearing without notice,” said Brett Lougheed, UWinnipeg Archivist and Digital Curator. “This resource will preserve these sites before they disappear and provide a central location to access them now and in the future. In this way, we hope to assist Winnipeggers, Manitobans and all Canadians along their paths to reconciliation.”

Annual Graduate Satisfaction and Employment Survey shows strong outcomes for ACC grads →

Assiniboine Community College’s annual graduate survey shows that over 94 percent of graduates have jobs and the average annual salary is over $44,300. “One of the key takeaways from this is the fact that Assiniboine graduates are contributing positively to the Manitoba economy,” said President Mark Frison. “We know that 91 per cent of those who graduated this past year are actively working in a career related to their field of study.”

Prime Minister Trudeau visits the University of Manitoba during the Canada Games →

Prime Minister Trudeau greeted by UM President David Barnard and VP (External) John Kearsey. // PHOTO: UM TODAY

The University of Manitoba received a surprise visit from Prime Minister Trudeau on July 29, the first weekend of this year’s Canada Games.

BU launches unique drone certification program →

This fall, Brandon University is offering a university-credit course that will teach students and hobbyists how to safely and legally fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). “Brandon University is one of the first in Canada to offer a UAV pilot ground school,” said BU Geography professor Dion Wiseman. “This course, and resulting Transport Canada certification, will provide students in a variety of college and university programs with a competitive edge is today’s job market by providing them with highly marketable skills and training.”

RRC announces Smart Factory and expanded Centre for Aerospace Technology →

Thanks to a 5-year, $10-million grant from Western Economic Diversification Canada, RRC will be home to a new Smart Factory in 2018. The manufacturing space will be located at RRC’s new Skilled Trades Technology Centre and will be an applied research space, experiential learning facility, and technology demonstration site. It will feature emerging technology, including robotics, automation, additive manufacturing, high-speed robotic inspection and industrial networking. “These new facilities will ensure our students and industry partners in aerospace and manufacturing remain at the forefront of research and training,” says RRC President Paul Vogt. “This expansion is going to have far-reaching impacts across the province and will be able to serve both the aerospace and non-aerospace industries through direct access to the College’s equipment, facilities and expertise.”

Red River College Smart Factory rendering

A conceptual image of the Smart Factory, a recently announced expansion to RRC’s Centre for Aerospace Technology. // PHOTO: RRC

UWinnipeg to offer intensive Ojibwe course in August →

The University of Winnipeg is offering a language-learning course that includes medicine teachings, beading, and songs. The first half will take place on campus and the second half takes place at Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation near Riding Mountain National Park. “We are very proud to be able to work with our friends and partners in Keeseekoowenin and our amazing faculty in Indigenous Studies,” said Kevin Lamoureux, UWinnipeg Associate Vice President, Indigenous Affairs. “Last term’s courses proved that there is strong community in Manitoba of people eager to learn, teach and celebrate the Ojibway language. It is inspiring to see this community come together once again.”

Biomedical Youth Program (BYP) at the University of Manitoba fosters career ambitions →

A summer camp put on by the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences provided opportunities for students, including those from remote Northern communities, to explore activities in the health sciences. “We’re very pleased to have this group of students from northern Manitoba join us this year,” said BYP Director James Gilchrist, professor of oral biology in the College of Dentistry, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. “Some already know what type of career they’re interested in,” said Gilchrist. “But others may not know the wide range of science-related options that are open to them.” The camp helps introduce students to both health care and the university itself. “For many, that really creates a level of comfort and familiarity that wasn’t there before, especially if they’re the first in their family to pursue post-secondary education.”

UM Today reflects on the Canada Games →

The Canada Games are being hosted in Winnipeg this year, and the University of Manitoba’s UM Today has put together a series of articles about this year’s event.

BU staff member awarded with Canada 150 medallion →

BU’s Darlene Paquette has been recognized for over 35 years of volunteer service for the Canadian Cancer Society and related organizations in Brandon. She is a Learning Technology Assistant in the Faculty of Health Studies and one of 30 recipients of a Canada 150 Service Medallion. The medallions were awarded for leadership and service in improving the quality of life for others. “It was a really special honour to be recognized, especially for Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Paquette.

Red River College partners with True North to help Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre →

Students in RRC’s Aerospace Manufacturing program have restored hockey sticks used by the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose so they could be donated to the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre (WASAC). “The kids and staff at WASAC really represent the spirit of community, and we are thrilled to provide them with this new equipment,” says RRC President Paul Vogt. “This project is a fantastic training opportunity for our students, who are learning to work with different composite materials, and as a bonus we are able to provide the younger generation of Winnipeg’s youth with opportunities to grow through sport.”

ACC to offer new trades programs 

Assiniboine Community College is partnering with Sioux Valley Dakota Nation to offer a 12-week residential framing program. “Graduates will be able to put their new skills to work in a way that will be felt and seen by the community,” said Tannis James, Director of Continuing Studies at ACC. “Like much of the hands-on education we deliver, this training will have an immediate impact.”

ACC is also offering a new, six-month Electrical Installation program at its Parkland Campus in Dauphin for Indigenous students. “We are excited to be partnering with the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples once again, bringing much-needed trades training to the Parkland region,” says Lorraine Johnson, Chair of Contract Training at Assiniboine. “Our Indigenous partners often express that there is a need for trades training targeted to their communities.”

UWinnipeg professor to curate exhibition of Indigenous art at Winnipeg Art Gallery →

Dr. Julie Nagam is involved in the curation of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s (WAG) largest exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art to date. INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE is a groundbreaking exhibit focused on leading and emerging Indigenous artists from across Canada. “This exhibition has been building momentum for the last two years,” says Nagam. “We are ecstatic to take over the WAG to radically shift the space and to build on the trailblazing exhibitions curated by Jaimie Isaac that continue to bring Indigenous people into the Gallery and forefront Indigenous curatorial practices. This is a political show — we want to take up space and shift the paradigm at the same time we are showcasing some of the most innovative and interesting work in Canada.” The exhibit opens on September 22, 2017 and runs until April 2018.

International students put language training to work at RRC’s Summer Institute →

Thanks to RRC’s partnership with Shenyang Institute, thirty international students were welcomed to Winnipeg for RRC’s annual Language Training Summer Institute. “We are pleased to once again welcome international students and instructors to Red River College’s Summer Institute for the fifth year – most of whom are visiting Canada for the first time,” says RRC president Paul Vogt. “This program is essential to our continued work building relationships with educational institutions overseas and showcasing the bright future Red River College and the province of Manitoba can offer future international students.”

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