CNC dedicates new space for Aboriginal students

The gathering space is designed to be a welcoming and culturally safe environment for Aboriginal learners.

Koo hoonzoo ‘et hots’dul’eh – It means a beautiful space where learning happens.

CNC unveiled a recently renovated Aboriginal learning space, Tuesday.

“We’re excited to announce the creation of a space where our Aboriginal students can gather and learn,” CNC president Henry Reiser said.

“It’s an important indicator of this campus and the relationship with Aboriginal students.”

The gathering space is designed to be a welcoming and culturally safe environment for Aboriginal learners. The new study space is located at the heart of the Quesnel campus, said President Henry Reiser, “and the location is an acknowledgement of the importance of our continued relationships with the three First Nations in the Quesnel area.” Reiser dedicated the space and gave a numbered print, “Forest Light” by Wells artist Claire Kujundzic, to celebrate the new room.

“The leadership this college is showing is a indicator of a great step,” city count. Laurey-Anne Roodenburg said.

The college held a contest to name the space, Stephanie Boyko’s suggestion landed her top spot and a customer pair of moccasins created by artist Bella Shantyman.

Quesnel hosts the second-largest of the College’s six campuses, serving approximately 600 students a year. Last year, almost 20 per cent of Quesnel students were self-identified as Aboriginal students.