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Exhibit on the Inuit Residential School experience comes to U of M

November 7, 2014 — 

The College of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, is hosting an exhibit on the Inuit experience of Residential Schools to help nursing students expand their thinking on the historical events that impact the physical and mental health of Canada’s Indigenous peoples.

“We Were So Far Away: The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools” is a project of the Legacy of Hope Foundation, a national Aboriginal charitable organization. The free exhibit is open to the public from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. from Nov. 10-14 (except Remembrance Day).

The Grand Opening will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 10. Opening remarks will be given by Beverly O’Connell, Dean, College of Nursing; Deborah Young, Executive Lead, Indigenous Achievement; Ry Moran, Director, National Research Centre for Truth & Reconciliation; Fred Ford, President, Manitoba Inuit Association; Millie Dietrich, Arctic Nursing.

This exhibit consists of poignant photographs and narratives of eight Inuit survivors of Residential Schools. It provides a neutral venue to discuss the long-term effects of inter-generational trauma associated with Residential Schools and the colonization of all Indigenous people.

To develop culturally appropriate responses and to provide culturally competent care, nurses require an education on the Residential School experience and its enduring and far-reaching effects.

What: We Were So Far Away: The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools
When: Nov.10-14, 2014, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Remembrance Day. Grand Opening on Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Multi-Purpose Room, Second Floor, University Centre, Fort Garry campus


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