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Aboriginal Awareness Week Events to Inform and Shrink Divide

(March 8, 2010 - Thunder Bay, ON) LUSU's Aboriginal Awareness Centre (AAC) is pleased to invite members of the campus and broader communities to take part in Aboriginal Awareness Week from March 8 - 12.  The week-long event offers presentations and activities aimed to enhance attendees' understanding of Aboriginal people and culture.

Event organizers are especially excited about the AAC's partnership with the Canadian Paraplegic Association of Ontario, which brings an informative March 10 keynote address by Kelly Brownbill, whose talk focuses on Understanding Aboriginal People in the 21st Century.  Brownbill examines traditional beliefs in the context of today's challenges, and discusses how citizens can participate more effectively in the healing of Aboriginal people, communities, and nations. 

"It's valuable for all Canadians to better understand Aboriginal People and their culture, but this is a matter that's becoming particularly more important in Thunder Bay," says Brent Kelso, Director of the Aboriginal Awareness Centre.  "It's time we all start to respect differences so we can shrink the divide between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people."  Kelso adds that members of the AAC feel the week's events are good first steps in helping community members embrace a more accepting mindset.

Aboriginal Awareness Week offers a wide selection of free events and activities for community members from all walks of life to enjoy, participate in, and learn from.  Event organizers expect the Penny Auction and Bannock Bake-off Contest to be popular, and registration and ticket sales for both activities are available all week.  All activities take place in the Lakehead University Agora.

A full schedule of the week's events can be viewed at  For more information, please contact the Aboriginal Awareness Centre at 807-343-8814 or


MEDIA: Brent Kelso is available for media interview.   To arrange interviews, please contact Heather Scott, Communications Officer, at 807-343-8177,; or Eleanor Abaya, Director of Communications, at 807-343-8372,

About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,700 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit

Last updated June 22, 2010

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