UCN’s Mathias Colomb Regional Centre Students Set a First
June 16, 2017
Students enrolled in UCN’s Community Economic Development program in Pukatawagan, MB at the Mathias Colomb Regional Centre have written AND published a number of books.
With the entire student cohort publishing their first books, the UCN Community Economic Development (CED) diploma program at the Regional Centre in Pukatawagan (Mathias Colomb Cree Nation MCCN) concludes its 1st year on a high. Their printed proof copies have just arrived in the mail, and the student-authors are excited. CED Instructor Janice Seto designed this experiential-learning assignment across disciplines, beginning with Business Communications and encompassing Math and Marketing and the Community Development courses. ‘We are not waiting til graduation to do CED in Pukatawagan, we are doing CED from Day 1,” she states, “Each student wrote about Pukatawagan using Amazon Createspace and their own ISBN.”
The 11 books, most available in print or ebook format, cover a range of topics, from the Missinippi Canoe Challenge to history and fishing to everyday life. CED Student Terry Bear wrote about inspiring MCCN runner, Travis Dumas. This year’s MCCN Winter Games snowshoeing winner and former CED student council treasurer, Dhedra Dumas, wrote (unsurprisingly) on making snowshoes. Feedback from MCCN reviewers so far has been positive and encouraging.
The various CED projects in Pukatwagan, coupled with local community support, enhance the profile of UCN locally. ” Sakastew School students see UCN as a place to further their education and make a positive impact on their community,” says Janice Seto.
Over the next two years of the program, CED will continue to develop books with a First Nations/Manitoba focus. “We have bilingual Cree-English children’s books, fiction, and non-fiction, in progress for publication in fall 2017. Our vision is for all Cree language teachers having access to class sets of bilingual books in schools, faculties of education, and libraries throughout the province.”
Ralph Caribou, the regional coordinator of UCN MCCN/Pukatawagan, adds, The day Cree parents and children can read these books to each other in Cree and English, we have a better chance to communicate our culture across generations.”
L to R: Tommy-Lee Sinclair (author: Summer Games of Pukatawagan), Roxanne Linklater (author: Local Saw Mill), Sharona Caribou (author: Painters of Pukatawagan), Dhedra Dumas (author: Art of Snowshoeing), and Pascal Bighetty (author: Netting the Wild).
For more information, please contact:
Jim Scott, Director
University College of the North