MONDAY, 9 MAY 2016 1:27 PM

Honouring Treaty Day at Pearson


The Pearson College community was joined on Sunday, 1 May, by the Band Chief, Council and members of the Sc'ianew (Beecher Bay) First Nation for a special event to honour the signing of the Douglas Treaties. 

See photos, or watch the video broadcast of the event. 

Community members invited to the Max Bell Hall for this historic event heard remarks by Pearson College President Désirée McGraw, Sc'ianew Band Chief Russ Chipps, and special guest Neil Vallance. Youth drummers from the Sc'ianew First Nation gave a special performance of celebration.

The formal event saw the exchange of framed copies of the Douglas Treaties — with one gifted to the Sc'ianew First Nation, and one to be permanently mounted in the Pearson College Dining Hall. The midday presentation was followed by a special brunch. 

The Douglas Treaties were a series of treaties, signed from 1850 to 1854, between some First Nations on Vancouver Island and the Colony of Vancouver Island. The Treaties cover approximately 930 square kilometres of land around Victoria, Saanich, Sooke, Nanaimo and Port Hardy. The signatories and their decendants retained existing village sites and fields for their continued use, the "liberty to hunt over unoccupied lands" and the right to "carry on their fisheries as formerly." More information on the treaties can be found here.

THURSDAY, 31 MARCH 2016 4:36 PM

Student nominated for art award


Pearson College student Victoria Yatsing Yang (Year 42/2017, China) has been nominated for an award with the CIS “Global Citizenship” Art Contest. Victoria submitted her digital photo about "the loss of identity and silence within modern society," which has been nominated for the final round of the contest. As CIS receives many high-quality entries, judges told Victoria it was a difficult task to shortlist the best of the best for the final round.

To get there, Victoria had to create a piece that reflected this prompt: "What part of your world would you like to share with others?"

Her answer: "This photo represents the loss of identity and silence within modern society. We, as individuals, are constrained by the oppressive or coercive social sensibility when we come to realize what is reality. Regimes, public opinions, majority, social institutions, bureaucracy, norms, stereotypes oppress us, and too often we become subjugated to these “Anthropogenic Laws”. However, what is often true that we are the ones that institute the constraints. We struggle against reality, wanting to pursue music or art, but ultimately ending up in law, medicine, or business. We struggle against gender norms, crying out for injustice, but enjoying gender-specific privileges if they are in favor of us. We struggle against the erosion of idealism and liberalism coming with time, but ultimately admitting we can’t succeed. We struggle against mediocrity, screaming to be different and special, but letting us go with the flow because we acknowledge the existing limits as insurmountable. The face of the individual, the one that represents all of us, is indistinguishable by the white sheet covering, while one of his/her hands pointing downward, a sign of hopelessness, with the other tightening the grip over the while sheet, against the struggle of the person trying to breathe. Although brutal, this is the world I would like to share with others, the world that I observe. The world within which we are both the victims and perpetrators."

Victoria will find out in a few weeks how her nominated entry made out. 

FRIDAY, 15 JANUARY 2016 12:53 PM

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