Fleming celebrates Indigenous Perspectives Designation graduates at special ceremony

Peterborough ON – (July 13, 2021) – Fleming and members of the Indigenous community hosted a special event on July 9 to recognize the achievements of graduates who completed an Indigenous Perspectives Designation (IPD).  

Fleming College is committed to Truth and Reconciliation, which includes reflecting on our past, owning our truth, and a commitment to the inclusion of Indigenous intellectual and cultural traditions through curriculum and learning approaches. Programs offering IPD capture and reflect history, including oral history, as understood by Indigenous peoples, and recognize that Indigenous knowledge can benefit all learners. 

“Fleming has committed through the signing of the Indigenous Education Protocol and our Strategic Plan to be a positive partner in the community and a welcoming place for all. By completing additional academic requirements, IPD graduates have demonstrated a similar commitment to understanding their responsibility towards reconciliation as they begin their professional journeys,” said Fleming President Maureen Adamson.

IPD graduates took their learning to the next level by choosing a path that includes Indigenous perspectives, peoples, cultures, histories, traditions and contributions to our shared society. They committed to learn discipline-specific Indigenous curriculum in each semester, beyond what is required in the two mandatory Indigenous Studies courses, as well as experiential Indigenous activities. 

“Very proud of the IPD graduates and faculty who work hard each year to incorporate Indigenous knowledge and pedagogy into their learning. This is reconcili-action! As described by the Downie Wenjack Foundation: ‘A ReconciliACTION is a meaningful action that moves reconciliation forward. ReconciliACTIONs aim to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together in the spirit of reconciliation to create awareness, share and learn.’ Nishin Graduates!” said Elizabeth Stone, Academic Chair for Indigenous Studies at Fleming.

These graduates worked hard to complete the extra academic requirements, actively engaged with Indigenous communities, and participated in Indigenous-led initiatives and professional activities. They challenged themselves to expand their knowledge as it relates to Indigenous realities on Turtle Island and explored how they can respectfully build, maintain and support the Indigenous community while acknowledging their diversity and autonomy. Congratulations to all Fleming IPD graduates.

The IPD ceremony can be viewed on the Convocation page. For more information about Fleming’s IPD programs, please visit here.

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 80,000 alumni.

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