Knowing Your Urban Indigenous Community (E)
May 7, 2019 | 13:45 - 14:45Location: 221
Track: Student Success
Prior to 2000 there were no structured supports in place for Indigenous Students at Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) Drop out rates of Indigenous students were high; students felt lost, alone and ill equipped to navigate the post secondary system. Many found their home away from home at the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre (GPFC) Drop In. Concerned, the GPFC approached GPRC to talk about the issues and create solutions. Together GPRC and GPFC, along with Indigenous Students, began creating a space that would support Indigenous students on their educational journey. Eighteen years later it has been an incredible journey. The On Campus Friendship Centre is thriving; we have walked with thousands of students on their educational journey. Due to this support system being Indigenous lead; it has always come from a cultural place and therefore it is a natural place for all the many issues across Canada to be shared, discussed and approached through an authentic voice.
The On Campus Friendship Centre is the first and only of its kind in Canada. It is an outreach program that focuses on supporting Indigenous post secondary students while welcoming non-Indigenous students.
Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator
Grande Prairie Regional College
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