Fleming College honours the rights of Indigenous Peoples with newly passed policy, a first for the College

Peterborough ON – (September 26, 2019) Fleming College recently passed a policy, approved by the College’s Board of Governors, that honours the rights of Indigenous Peoples. This is the first policy of its kind for the College, titled Honouring the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and was officially launched on Wednesday, Sept. 25 as Fleming staff and students were joined by members of the Indigenous community to celebrate at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus. The event included a ceremonial hanging of tobacco ties with Fleming College President Maureen Adamson, members of Fleming’s Board of Governors, Elder Shirley Williams and Elizabeth Osawamick.

“Fleming must continue to carve a path to incorporate Indigenous knowledge and experience into our curriculum and do our part to educate all our staff and students,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “We must play our integral role as a community college toward Truth and Reconciliation by ensuring all staff and students are part of the process.” 

The new policy is intended to meet the requirements of the United Nations Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), as well as the CiCAN Indigenous Education Protocol. Fleming College believes in and promotes the rights of all First Nations (status and non-status), Inuit and Métis peoples. The College recognizes the unique histories and experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the ongoing impacts of colonization.

“I am excited to see and hear that this is happening for Fleming College,” said Elder Shirley Williams, Fleming Indigenous Education Council. “Committing to an Indigenous rights policy ensures that the Anishinabeg‎ get their education as part of reconciliation. I am thankful for Fleming making this commitment with an eagle feather present, as this will symbolize the commitment of truth.”

The policy affirms the College’s commitment to equity and inclusion, and providing a deeper understanding and appreciation of Indigenous Peoples and their ways of knowing. The policy will support the College community in the process of Truth and Reconciliation via education, training and acknowledgement, with the formation of an Honouring the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Committee (HRIPC). It will ensure that the College makes every reasonable effort to ensure Indigenous peoples, languages and ways of knowing are represented in all College operations and spaces.

“We recognized that we did not need to wait for legislation to pass in order to do the right thing, we could create a higher level of expectations for our college community now, and that is what this policy will do,” said Kylie Fox-Peltier, Manager, Indigenous Student Services, Fleming College.

For more information about the policy, please contact kylie.fox-peltier@flemingcollege.ca

Hoop Dancing by Nimkii Osawamick
Ceremony conducted by Elizabeth Osawamick and Elder Shirley Williams. From left to right: Kylie Fox-Peltier, Manager, Indigenous Student Services, Maureen Adamson, Fleming College President, Dan Marinigh, Fleming College Board Chair and Elder Shirley Williams)
Natural Semaa wrapped in Tobacco Ties by Ashley Safar, Indigenous Student Services, Kylie Fox-Peltier, Manager, Indigenous Student Services and Elizabeth Osawamick.
Hanging of Tobacco Ties signifies a renewed commitment and contract between Fleming College and the Indigenous Community

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran

Communications Officer 

sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

705.749.5530 x 1366

Fleming FireFit Team earns invite to World Firefighter Combat Challenge in Alabama

Peterborough ON – (September 24, 2019) – For the sixth season in a row, Fleming College Pre-Service Firefighter students teamed up to compete in the Scott FireFit Champions, which puts firefighting fitness to the ultimate test. The event took place in Oshawa at the Legends Centre from Sept. 11 to 15.

Nine students and six coaches competed at the Championships, with four of the team members qualifying for the Worlds. John MacKinnon, Bowman Allan, Declan Fitzpatrick and Emily Dickinson will compete at the World Firefighter Combat Challenge in Alabama later in October.

Declan Fitzpatrick earned 2019 FireFit National Rookie of the Year. Fitzpatrick, Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training, achieved a time of 1:24 in his first year competing in FireFit, making him the fastest new competitor in Canada.

“I got involved in FireFit for the challenge and for career networking opportunities and it didn’t take long for me to get hooked on the camaraderie and fierce competition of the sport,” said Fitzpatrick. “I also enjoy the training just as much as the competitions. It will be a privilege to represent Fleming College at the Worlds Challenge. I hope to put down a time that will positively reflect on the team and our school.”  

The head coach is Whitby Firefighter and instructor for Fleming College, Shawna Coulter. Several past team members are now employed as firefighters and have also joined the coaching contingent to give back to the community and assist new members achieve personal and athletic success through the sport.

“I am proud of the team’s outstanding effort and dedication, it is a huge commitment for these young people and often a juggling act between academic, work and training schedules,” said Coach Shawna Coulter. “The competition extends beyond extreme physical fitness; it embodies team work and incredible sportsmanship. For me as a coach and the other amazing individuals that volunteer to coach, it is about encouraging the students to redefine their self-belief, to understand they are capable of anything they set their mind to. It is about developing the tools of self-wellness, both physically and mentally. It’s those tools that will help them not only in their careers as future firefighters but in life in general.”

The Scott FireFit Championships is a competition based on firefighting tasks commonly performed in emergency situations. A course comprised of six grueling physical tasks test the strength, endurance and overall fitness levels of firefighters. Competition categories are available for men and women, offering both individual and team relay competitions. 

The connection between team involvement and career success is backed by an incredible statistical record of over 85 percent of alumni being employed full-time or part-time in their field in emergency services within a year and a half following graduation. Academic success of team participants follows suit, with 86 percent of year end academic and community service awards earned by team participants.

Can’t imagine what competing in the FireFit Worlds & Canadian National Championships would be like? Nick Collings, Fleming Fire Combat Team member, gives a glimpse of what it is like in this video of his individual run at the Championships.

Follow Fleming’s FireFit team on Instagram @flemingfirecombatteam and on Facebook at Fleming Fire Combat Team. 

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran

Communications Officer 

sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

705.749.5530 x 1366

Honouring the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Peterborough ON (September 18, 2019) – Indigenous Student Services at Fleming College is pleased to invite media and members of the community to celebrate the launch of a newly passed policy that honours the rights of Indigenous People on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Sutherland Campus.

Fleming College believes in and promotes the rights of all First Nations (status and non-status), Inuit and Métis peoples. The College recognizes the unique histories and experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the ongoing impacts of colonization. The new policy is intended to meet the requirements of the United Nations Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), as well as the CiCAN Indigenous Education Protocol. The policy affirms the College’s commitment to equity and inclusion, and providing a deeper understanding and appreciation of Indigenous Peoples and their ways of knowing.

The event will occur in the Main Foyer at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus, 599 Brealey Dr., Peterborough. Elder Shirley Williams and Elizabeth Osawamick will conduct a ceremony, honouring the newly passed policy, followed by socializing, feast foods and round dance to conclude the event.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to communications@flemingcollege.ca.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran

Communications Officer 

sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

705.749.5530 x 1366

Assessing and Managing Risk for Self-Directed Violence Workshop coming to Fleming College October 21 – 22, 2019

Peterborough ON – (September 23, 2019) A two-day workshop providing an opportunity to learn about assessing and managing risk for self-directed violence is coming to Fleming College on October 21 and 22, 2019 in partnership with Protect International. The workshop takes place at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus, 599 Brealey Dr., Peterborough, Ont.

The workshop will provide an opportunity to learn new skills and build on existing skills in assessing and managing risk for self-directed violence. Topics will include:

  • The nature of self-directed violence and self-directed violence risk
  • Principles of self-directed violence risk assessment and management, focusing on structured professional judgement approaches
  • Administration of the Self-Directed Violence guidelines

The workshop will feature two internationally recognized experts, prolific authors and engaging presenters, Dr. Brianne Layden and Dr. Kelly Watt. Dr. Layden and Dr. Watt have been involved in developing, implementing and evaluating risk assessment procedures around the world, and work as Threat Assessment Specialists at Protect International Risk and Safety Services Inc.

The workshop is designed for professionals working in higher education, as well as those working within criminal justice, health care and social services. Community partners are invited to participate in the workshop to ensure that risk is evaluated consistently. 

For more information and to register, visit: https://protect-international.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Brochure-Fleming-College-SDV-Workshop.pdf

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran

Communications Officer 

sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

705.749.5530 x 1366

Enactus Fleming College win People’s Choice at World Project Expo in San Jose, California

Peterborough ON – (September 23, 2019) Enactus Fleming College won People’s Choice at the World Project Expo at the Enactus World Cup 2019 in San Jose, California.

“We are so happy to make our school proud,” said Enactus Fleming College member Joao Borges.

The Fleming College team presented their Paper Planet Project, which focuses on diverting paper from landfill and recycling, and turning it into products that can later be sold. The Paper Planet Project is a social enterprise that is creating products that are biodegradable and inexpensive while reducing our environmental footprint.

“We are so proud of our team, who have invested time and passion into this project and it is an honour to be recognized on the world stage,” said Raymond Yip Choy, Lead Enactus faculty advisor, and professor, Business Studies at Fleming College. “This is validation that our project has value and the potential to grow and change our community.”

Enactus World Cup 2019 showcases entrepreneurial action and social innovation. Every year, a select group of 3,000 students, businesses and academic leaders from around the world gather at Enactus World Cup to showcase the entrepreneurial action and shared innovation that address the United Nations seventeen Sustainable Development Goals transforming lives and creating a better future.

For more information about Enactus Fleming College, please visit
https://www.facebook.com/EnactusFleming/

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran

Communications Officer 

sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

705.749.5530 x 1366

Fleming ECE students welcome families to 2019 Interactive Learning with Children and Families program

Peterborough ON – (September 19, 2019) Fleming College’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) students are preparing to welcome children and their families/caregivers to the 2019 Interactive Learning with Children and Families Program held in the Mount Community Centre in Peterborough.

The program is designed for children between one (walking) and six years of age along with their families/caregivers. This project provides an opportunity for second year ECE students to apply their learning as they build community and alliances with families. Thinking together about children’s learning and creating pedagogical documentation will support ECE students to deepen their understanding of education in the early years, and the complexities of how children learn and make meaning of their world.

Throughout the project, faculty guide students to consider current research and approaches that support children’s learning, holistic development and well-being. Students will think deeply about children’s questions and curiosity, and design experiences with authentic materials, both in the beautiful indoor space and in the surrounding natural environment. Children and families will be encouraged to actively explore and research these materials and spaces.

The Ministry of Education’s How Does Learning Happen?, Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years (2014) and the College of Early Childhood Educators Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice (2017) will be used as guiding documents for this project. Each child’s learning will be documented and a portfolio will be shared with them and their family. 

The program operates Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings between the first week of October and the first week of December 2019. Families can register for one morning a week from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. depending on availability of space.

The program is free, healthy snacks for children and coffee or tea for parents will be provided. The program is located at The Mount Community Centre Austin Doran Hall, 1545 Monaghan Road, Peterborough. For more information or to register contact the College at this email FlemingECE@flemingcollege.ca.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran

Communications Officer 

sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

705.749.5530 x 1366

Fleming College recognized among the best in North America for sustainability efforts

Peterborough ON – (September 18, 2019) Fleming College has been recognized as a top performer in the 2019 Sustainable Campus Index in the Overall Top Performer section. A publication from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Sustainable Campus Index highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives from colleges and universities that submitted a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) report in the most recent calendar year. 

“Fleming College’s feature in this report demonstrates our continued commitment to sustainability across all areas of the College,” said Trish O’Connor, Director of Sustainability. “We are committed to reducing our ecological footprint, contributing to the solutions for global problems and creating a culture of sustainability. We will continue to embed sustainability across all curriculum and plan to reduce our campus carbon footprint so that we may continue to be a leader in sustainability.”   

AASHE has recognized Fleming as fifth overall in the college category. The index highlights top-performing sustainable colleges and universities overall and in 17 sustainability impact areas, as measured by STARS.

“We are happy to highlight Fleming College in this year’s Sustainable Campus Index,” said AASHE’s Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “We hope that the stories contained in this year’s report will provide inspiration and ideas for other institutions to promote a more equitable and ecologically healthy future.”

Each year, the Office of Sustainabilty at Fleming College prepares action plans to implement sustainable efforts across all campuses. This year, Fleming College has completed a draft version of the 2019-2022 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. The plan sets a roadmap for the College’s next three years in supporting the 17 Sustainable Development goals while achieving carbon and waste reduction targets. Fleming has a long history of sustainability initiatives, from encouraging cycling to work, to banning bottled water on campus, to our best-in-class applied research in water technology.

The 2019 Sustainable Campus Index is publicly available on the AASHE website: https://www.aashe.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/SCI-2019.pdf

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

About STARS

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community. The credits included in STARS span the breadth of higher education sustainability and are organized into four categories: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration. All reports are publicly accessible on the STARS website. For more information, visit stars.aashe.org.

About AASHE

AASHE empowers higher education faculty, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders. We work with and for higher education to ensure that our world’s future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges. For more information, visit www.aashe.org.  

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran

Communications Officer 

sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

705.749.5530 x 1366

New Geothermal Systems program coming to Fleming College

Peterborough ON – (September 17, 2019) Fleming College is launching a new Geothermal Systems program in January 2020 that will offer a unique blend of both hands-on training in drilling and installation of the geothermal loop field as well as the installation, repair and maintenance of hydronic systems.

The Geothermal Systems post-graduate program is the first of its kind in North America, and will be hosted at both Fleming’s Frost and Sutherland campuses. The two-semester program will introduce students to the fundamentals of geothermal energy, the heating and cooling energy loads of buildings, and geothermal resources, including geological formations, groundwater, lakes and rivers.  

“We are very pleased to bring the Geothermal Systems program to both our Frost and Sutherland campuses, and believe the program will combine the exceptional learning facilities and faculty of both our renowned School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences and our School of Trades and Technology,” said Jason Jackson, Academic Chair for the School of Trades and Technology and the Acting Dean for the School of Business. “The Geothermal Systems program will offer a unique combination of skills required by industry, with concepts from borehole construction, grouting, mechanical design and installation that will differentiate this program from others.”

The first semester of the program will occur at Frost Campus in Lindsay, Ont. and will focus on the specialized drilling skills and knowledge required to install, maintain and repair the loop field of a geothermal system. The second semester, hosted at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus in Peterborough, Ont. will provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to design, install, maintain and repair the hydronic systems within a building.

“Fleming is leading the way with a program that focuses on a specific set of skills and knowledge that will play a direct role in the mitigation of climate change,” said Brett Goodwin, Dean, Principal, School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences at Fleming College. “Students will graduate with career ready skills for a high-demand industry that has proven environmental alternatives to heating with fossil fuels.”

Geothermal systems heat and cool homes and businesses by transferring heat to or from the ground or bodies of water. These skills are in demand and can play a major role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

There is a pressing need for formally accredited Geothermal installers. Fleming College is committed to funding the core program and is looking to partner with the external community for in-kind equipment and cash donations to enhance programming capacity and offer workshops, internationally acclaimed guest lectures and other experiential learning opportunities, as well as scholarships and bursaries. If you are interested in supporting the Geothermal Systems program, please contact Sandy Marett, Director, Advancement and Alumni Relations: sandy.marett@flemingcollege.ca

For more information about the new Geothermal Systems program, please visit: https://flemingcollege.ca/programs/geothermal-systems

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran

Communications Officer 

sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

705.749.5530 x 1366

Fleming College celebrates Pride Week with a ceremonial raising of the Pride Flag

Peterborough ON – (September 17, 2019) Fleming College kicked off Pride Week with the ceremonial raising of the Pride Flag at Sutherland Campus on Monday, Sept. 16.

Students, faculty and staff gathered outside to celebrate diversity and inclusion on campus by raising the Pride Flag for the first time in the College’s history.

“This was a great opportunity to reinforce the vital commitment that Fleming is making to be a welcoming place for all,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “We were pleased to have many members of the broader community join us to share in our pledge as we raised the pride flag and held a series of opening celebrations for Pride Week. While the flag is about diversity and inclusion, it is also about equality; nothing more, nothing less. The pride flag flying over Fleming sends a strong signal that everyone is welcome here.“

Fleming College will celebrate Pride Week with festivities throughout the week, including:

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pride in the KTTC (D-Wing)

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. BBQ(ueer) (Steele Centre Patio)

5 – 7 p.m. Queer Sex workshop (Library)

Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. Dirty Bingo (Steele Centre)

Friday, Sept. 20, 12 – 2 p.m. Decorate Fleming Pride Float (Main Foyer)

4:30 p.m. Trans Day of Resiliency March (Seeds of Change)

Saturday, Sept. 21, 1:30 p.m. Pride Parade (Peterborough City Hall)


About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran

Communications Officer 

sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

705.749.5530 x 1366