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Indigenous Peoples' Day

All day, everyday starting 10/11/2021 through 10/11/2021

Coats Campus Center

COCC celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day, Oct. 11, with discussions and events

Land Acknowledgement Lecture & Discussion
9-10 a.m.
Speaker: Michelle Cary, COCC’s Native American Program coordinator
Zoom link: https://cocc.zoom.us/j/91554306840. Please join us virtually to learn why land acknowledgements are so important. We will also explore how COCC’s land acknowledgement was created and why it took over a year to create this living document.

Re-Discovering Columbus from a Native Perspective
Noon to 1 p.m.

Speaker: Gabriann Hall, COCC World Languages instructor
Wille Hall, COCC Bend Campus, 2600 NW College Way, Bend, Oregon 97703
This workshop will begin with an overview of Christopher Columbus that separates fact from fiction. We will then celebrate the contributions of Indigenous people and learn more about current issues impacting Native communities. This will be a safe space of shared ideas that focuses on the resilience and strengths of the Native culture.

Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives in the Classroom
4-5 p.m.

Moderator: Kelsey Freeman, Native American College Prep coordinator
Wille Hall, COCC Bend Campus, 2600 NW College Way, Bend, Oregon 97703
Whether we know it or not, chances are if we are educators (of any form), we either have Indigenous students in our classrooms and/or touch on themes that directly impact Indigenous peoples. In this interactive workshop, explore concrete ideas for a more intentional and accurate teaching of Native affairs and how to bring Native American perspectives into the classroom. We will also discuss manifestations of racism that Native American students often encounter in educational settings and how to better support these students. 

The Columbus Controversy Video Screening & Discussion
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Moderator: Michelle Cary, COCC’s Native American Program coordinator
Wille Hall, COCC Bend Campus, 2600 NW College Way, Bend, Oregon 97703
Please join us in Wille Hall as we screen and discuss the short documentary film, The Columbus Controversy.

For more information on these events, contact Christy Walker, director of diversity and inclusion, at cwalker2@cocc.edu or 541-383-7412.

COCC's 2018 Salmon Bake event.