Red Deer College launches three-year inclusiveness strategy focused on First Nations, Metis and Inuit students

Red Deer College

from the Red Deer Advocate:

The overhead display at Red Deer College flashes an image of a piece of paper known as a “Treaty Ticket” that once belonged to former Samson Cree Nation Chief Jacob Louis.

His son, Roy Louis, uses the ticket as part of a talk about the history of his people during an inaugural Aboriginal Perspectives Conference at the college on Thursday, called The Pathway to Awareness.

Jacob Louis was not allowed to leave the reserve without carrying the ticket, and had to have permission from the local “Indian agent” to go anywhere off the reserve.

Roy and Judy Louis, elders from Maskwacis, were keynote speakers during the conference that was attended by about 100 students and Central Alberta educators. The couple touched on many of the difficult aspects of First Nations history in Canada.

They included residential schools, the Indian Act, the Sixties Scoop where thousands of children were “rescued” from their communities, mostly without permission, and adopted by families all over the world.

It has been determined that about 6,000 children from reserves who were sent to residential schools never returned to their homes and communities, and about 20,000 children were taken away during the Sixties Scoop.

Read the full article here.