Selkirk opens new Indigenous classroom

September 23, 2021
Selkirk College has opened its new Indigenous classroom. A smudging ceremony was held outside the classroom before students, faculty, staff, and Elders entered the room, which is designed to inspire openness and interconnected learning. A large moon mask rug is in the centre of the room, surrounded in a circular fashion by wood furnishings created specifically for the room. “This classroom is a collective vision that is meant to inspire students and faculty by sharing the knowledge of our Indigenous Elders, artists, scientists and storytellers, acknowledging the right to practice and articulate the wisdom of our ancestors,” said Indigenous Studies Instructor Elizabeth Ferguson. “We invite all to share this knowledge with us.” Selkirk (BC)