Approximately 120 students, Elders, community members, and staff joined City Councilors Lorne Radborne and Chris Theissen, GPRC’s Board of Governors representative Mr. Stewart Wilson, Vice President Academics and Research, Ms. Susan Bansgrove, Grande Prairie Friendship Centre’s Executive Director, Miranda Laroche, and many other distinguished guests for an evening of drumming, singing and dancing in GPRC’s first Traditional Mini Pow Wow hosted by GPRC’s Circle of Aboriginal Students in partnership with the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre.
Pow Wow Stickman, GPRC student Carson Soto, under direction of drummers from Calling Lake, AB, led the festivities while guests were entertained by drumming, singing, talented dancers of all ages, and all of the beautiful regalia. Several round dances were called for by the drummers ensuring that all guests had the opportunity to get up and join in. With the success of this inaugural Mini Pow Wow, talks are already in the works for a full pow wow on campus! – Submitted by Shawnna Boyd
Today was the final installment of the Fall Ambassador Creations (aka “Crafts with Danielle”) Series. Hosted by GPRC Education Ambassadors– Three weeks of crafts that included Mandala Stone Painting, Secret Book Nooks, and wrapped up with Dream Catchers. Each activity was designed to inspire students to gather, take a moment to catch their breath, and have the opportunity to meet new people.
Over a dozen GPRC students gathered in the theatre concourse to try their hand at a traditional craft that is not as easy as it looks. By the end of the session it was evident that the event was a success!
Dream Catchers was an idea that started in the spring with then Summer Students Danielle Ribar, and Devin Johnson collaborating with GPRC staff Megan Ryan-Walsh and Indigenous Studies instructor Kirsten Mikkelsen.
The willow was picked in July, cleaned and made into hoops, then cured until today. Sinew, beads, feathers and ribbon were provided by the On Campus Friendship Centre and Circle of Indigenous Students. Dream Catcher making was guided by GPRC alumni Darlene Horseman and Jennifer Tourangeau.
Thanks to everyone that made Ambassador Creations possible – and thanks to all of the students that came out to experience GPRC!
GPRCBachelor of Music student, Alex Windsor is excited for the chance to play on GPRC’s latest addition in their Fine Arts Department.
“I chose GPRC because it’s close to home, and gives students the opportunity to learn without having to travel far,” says Windsor, “Now, with the new piano being added to the department, students have the chance to learn on and be exposed to an instrument that will help us fine-tune our skills.”
Program: Bachelor of Arts
Hometown: Hythe, AB
High School: Beaverlodge High School
A 2016 graduate of Beaverlodge High School, Kailey Bratland enters her rookie season with the Cross Country Wolves with big goals. Bratland recorded a 9th place finish in last year’s Provincial High School Cross Country Championships on the Wolves home course at the Wapiti Nordic ski trails. She hopes for similar success this year as the ACAC Cross Country Championships are again being hosted at Wapiti Nordic.
Hailing from Hythe, AB, Bratland aspires to become the second most famous Wolves runner from that storied town, after Wolves legend Hayden “Sanchez” Hollowell.
Program: Business Administration
After a 13 year hiatus, Andrea Snider resumes her post secondary cross country running career with the 2016-17 Wolves. Snider spent two seasons on the roster of the NCAA Division 1 Dartmouth College prior to coming to GPRC.
In her firstACAC race in Vermilion, Snider led the Wolves by placed 3rd among the college runners. Individually, she is aiming for an all conference selection this fall.