Reconciliation & Me

Reconciliation & Me

Being an Indigenous student comes with its own unique set of experiences.

In the era of ‘Reconciliation’, post-secondary education has become the catalyst for change within our communities; the bridge between two systems of knowledge, and the foundation on which we’ve begun to create understanding.

It’s also a delicate balance between retaining one’s identity and pursuing one’s dreams. For many of us, it is a constant struggle between voicing our opinion and becoming a spokesperson, between sharing culture and becoming entertainment, between creating our own path and honouring our traditions.

It’s a strange feeling to discuss residential schools historically as if they aren’t our grandparents, aunts, and uncles were talking about. It’s even more odd to discuss Indigenous peoples in Canada and their traditions while sitting in a class as an Indigenous person still following those same traditions.

As we make our way through higher education and work together towards Reconciliation, we must find a way to first reconcile our own paths. To walk in our journey holding the knowledge of both worlds in balance. To learn from and with each other. Reconciliation starts here. Reconciliation starts with you, and it starts with me.

Tips for Managing Reading Week

Tips for Managing Reading Week

It is almost that time of year! The time that students everywhere look forward to… Reading Week!

I have been attending GPRC for the past four years. The first two years, I was taking just a class or two, but the past two years I have been a full-time student.  As a student I have very mixed feelings about Reading Week. It’s hard to not love the break, but truth be told, I have a really hard time getting back into the swing of things after Reading Week ends.  With that in mind, if anyone else feels the same struggles as I do, I have compiled a list of a few tips to help you with managing and staying on track during your Reading Week.

  1. Take the time at the beginning of the Reading Week break to make a list of what you want to accomplish over the week. Make a list, and plan the things that you want to do with your time.
  2. Get some rest during the week.
    Our brains are so tired, we really do need some sleep. Treat yourself to some early bedtimes.
  3. During your week off give yourself some time to plan out your next two months of school. Make a schedule using your course outlines as a guide to what is coming up. There is going to be a lot to do, but with a plan in place, you are laying out the ground work for success.
  4. Use some of Reading Week to get caught up. Whether that means doing laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning your house, or maybe making some meals for the week ahead.
  5. Plan some “you-time”. For myself, this means catching up on texts and phone calls, doing some Netflix binging, and taking my dog, Richelieu (shown in picture), for some good walks. Whatever it is, do things that make you feel good, things that have been weighing on your mind when you are busy with school.

  1. Don’t stop doing school work for the whole week. This is a big one. It is so hard to get back at it once you have completely stopped. I give myself a few days totally off, but then I start slowly getting back into the school routine.
  1. Use the weekend before school starts as a regular weekend. Meaning, use your weekend as you normally would during the school year.
    For me, that means coming to the college to study for a few hours, especially on Saturday, because that is what I do most weekends.

It definitely would be easy to take the whole week off, and I have done that… but the fact is, I’m way more successful at handling the after break blues when I follow these tips.

Have a great Reading Week everyone!

Submitted by Jessica Fontaine Gwin, Student Ambassador

Here’s to the Kids!

Here’s to the Kids!

Finding balance as a student and parent is a tough gig. For those who must balance work on top, it can be overwhelming to say the least. We often talk about the struggle of working-student-parents, but there’s a group that is often overlooked in this journey; the kids. Our kids are on the same journey we are, and while we all hope to build them a better future, in the meantime, they feel the effects of our hard work and dream chasing. So, here’s to the kids…

Photo submitted by Casey Caines.

To the babies who grow up being rocked to sleep with lullabies of Plato and Organic Chemistry.

To the kids who learned to fall asleep on the floors of the library during exam week.

To the children who never complained about cereal for dinner too many nights in a row.

To the little ones who are the first at daycare in the morning so their parents can go to school, and the last ones to leave at night so their parents can go to work.

To the toddlers who learned to walk down the corridors of an empty school.

To the kids who had to share their family time with textbooks and laptops.

And to all the children who missed a good morning and, also a goodnight, because when you are a working student, sometimes 24-hours just isn’t enough.

I know it can’t be easy being the child of a working, student, parent. One day, there will be more time, and less studying. There will be less cereal, and more suppers at the kitchen table. You will walk this path together, even when its difficult, because you need to finish, and they need to see you do it. So, here’s to the kids who will grow strong, resilient, and educated because their first example was their parents.

Submitted by GPRC Education Ambassador, Casey Caines. 

GPRC Gym hosts Alberta Summer Games Basketball Event

GPRC Gym hosts Alberta Summer Games Basketball Event

Hundreds of young athletes flooded into the GPRC Wolves gymnasium to collect their Zone ID’s in preparation for the 2018 Alberta Summer Games being held in Grande Prairie, July 19 – 22. The games welcome over 2,500 athletes from all over Alberta to the Peace Region and feature 13 sports, with the GPRC gymnasium hosting 21 basketball games, including Boy’s Bronze and Gold medal games this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) Strength and Conditioning Coach, James Phillips who is heavily involved with Wolves Athletics, is the Zone 8 (Peace Country) Zone Chef and looks forward to the games. He says the various events will highlight what is available in Grande Prairie adding “not many smaller communities are fortunate enough to have access to the many quality facilities we have. I think the athletes will be surprised at what we have to offer.”

Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) Strength and Conditioning Coach, James Phillips.

Phillips who has athletes participating in football, track and field, triathlon and mountain biking, is excited to see his, and other athletes compete at an elite level, adding that “because I’m new in the community, this will be a great opportunity to meet volunteers, coaches, athletes and supporters from the Peace Country. As the point contact for Zone 8, I also get to network with other Zones which strengthens our relationships province wide.”

As an avid football fan, Phillips will be keeping a close eye on those games, saying that “there is some tough competition out there. It’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top.”

GPRC Wolves Volleyball Club U16 Girls Racquel Lussier and Dakota Wolstensolme who bought home Gold last year in Division 1 Provincials will be competing in the Beach Volleyball event.

GPRC Wolves Volleyball Club U16 Girls Racquel Lussier and Dakota Wolstensolme who brought home provincial gold in Division 1 last season, are competing in the Beach Volleyball event and will represent Zone 8 as flag bearers at the opening celebrations which take place July 19, 2018 at Philip J. Currie Museum. With a pre-show at 6 p.m., the opening ceremony launches the games which are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

The GPRC Gymnasium will be the host of the basketball events which kick off Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m. with boys Zone 3 (Calgary) vs. Zone 1 (Sunny South) on court 1, and boys Zone 6 (Edmonton) vs. Zone 4 (Parkland) on court 2. The gold medal game is slated to take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 22.

We hope to see you there!

 

 

To learn more about the 2018 Alberta Summer Games click here.

View Basketball schedule here.

View games website here.

 

 

Leading the Pack this Summer

Leading the Pack this Summer

Steve Sir to Lead Guest Coach Line Up at 2018 Elite Basketball Camp

Photo credit to the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup.

GPRC Wolves are pleased to welcome Steve Sir back to the Sport Camp program as a lead guest coach for the Basketball Elite Camp being held August 17-19, 2018.

Steve who represented Canada at the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup held in the Philippines earlier this month, is a three-point specialist who holds the NCAA record for three-point field goal percentage. He led Team Canada in points, putting him firmly in the top ten scorers at the tournament.

On why sports camps are so important Steve says that “Some of my best memories with basketball are attending the basketball camps I went to growing up. Camps provide the chance to improve our individual skill level for our club or school teams, having a fun basketball experience in the summer and interacting with other athletes that potentially share the same passion for the game.”

Click here for last year’s Q&A with Steve.

Photo credit to the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup.

We are so pleased that Steve is joining us again this year says Mandy Botham, GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball Head Coach, he is admired by the athletes in our community, and we are honoured to have him share his skills and experiences with us.

The 2018 Basketball Elite Camp which sold out last year because of limited availability, promises to be as exciting. Along with Steve, we have a skilled lineup of coaches and mentors. Mental Performance Consultant, Matt Bain will kick off the camp on Saturday with a team session followed by on-court instruction on how to transfer learned mental skills to shooting success.

Strength and Conditioning Coach, James Phillips will spend time with the athletes conducting a basketball specific dynamic warm-up, movement prep, and strength and conditioning workout on-court. He will also speak about the training and guidance that Wolves teams receive, while touring the athletes through our High-Performance Training Centre. The athletes will also receive information on how to assess their skill level including pointers on how to improve and what to strive for to compete at a higher level.

From Wolves Basketball, Women’s Head Coach Mandy Botham, along with Assistant Coach Karli Munro and athletes Britney Peters and Derian Geddes will lend their skills and teach athletes systems and how to play the Wolves way. Men’s Head Coach Evan Lloyd will also be on hand to assist on skill development.

For more information on the Basketball Elite Camp, and to register, please visit gprc.me/summercamps

Photo credit to the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup.