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Learning indigenous songs

RRC’s Aboriginal Student Support & Community Relations is hosting Akina Ndinaway-maganak: All My Relations, a seven-week series on traditional indigenous songs. RRC’s elder-in-residence Jules Lavallee will lead the teachings of the songs and their meaning. The series runs March 31 to May 12 in the Aboriginal Support Centre (F205) at the Notre Dame Campus from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Email for more information.

Seven Generations Awards

RRC awarded Raven Boulanger and Tanya Vincent as the first recipients of the Seven Generations Award. RRC’s Aboriginal Student Support & Community Relations team launched the $500 awards last fall. The award is available for an indigenous student who is a descendant or dependent of RRC alumni.

Boulanger is an Anishinaabe first-year community development/community economic development student. She is a member of Aboringal Support Centre’s R-Crew and plays for RRC’s Rebels. Vincent is a Métis Franco-Manitoban applied accounting student. She sews beadwork, creates mukluks and moccasins, and is a catechism instructor at Paroisse des Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens.

Sweet treats

To take a break from classes and enjoy some fresh air, check out one of Manitoba’s maple syrup festivals. Northwest of Winnipeg, the Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival in McCreary starts at 8 a.m. on April 9. Listen to music, watch dancers, and try local maple syrup products. South of Winnipeg, the Sugaring Off Festival in St-Pierre-Jolys runs April 9 to 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fundraising event for the St-Pierre-Jolys Museum celebrates springtime and Manitoba maple syrup production.