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August 3, 2018 11:01 AM

Aboriginal Services team receives Canada 150 award

Conestoga’s Aboriginal Services team has been honoured with a Kitchener South-Hespeler Canada 150 Award of Excellence. The award was presented by MP Marwan Tabbara to recognize the team’s commitment to providing ongoing support and services for Aboriginal students at the college.

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The award was accompanied by a unique pin that incorporates the original copper which covered the roofs of Canada’s Parliament buildings from 1918 to 1996.

The award was accompanied by a unique pin that incorporates the original copper which covered the roofs of Canada’s Parliament buildings from 1918 to 1996.

Conestoga's Be-Dah-Bin Gamik, a Place of New Beginnings, provides services for Aboriginal students at Conestoga, including those who are First Nations (status and non-status), Metis and Inuit. It is a welcoming environment that assists students with a smooth transition to college life by providing ongoing support. Services include social and cultural events and activities, un-traditional counselling services, Elders-in-Residence programs and the Aboriginal Student Association.

The Canada 150 Award of Excellence recognizes the achievements of residents of Kitchener South-Hespeler who have made contributions in the four themes of Canada 150: promoting a diverse and inclusive Canada; supporting efforts towards national reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians; reaffirming the importance of strong environmental stewardship; and engaging and inspiring youth.

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