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NWCC President to speak at National Aboriginal Day festivities

TERRACE Northwest Community College (NWCC) President, Dr. Denise Henning has participated in several National Aboriginal Day events in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, where she previously worked in post-secondary education, but Saturdays event in Terrace marks her first in B.C. As she did for the recent federal election all-candidates forum, Dr. Henning will be the events keynote speaker, an opportunity she is honoured to have as she continues to introduce herself to the residents in the Northwest. She will speak at 12 noon in George Little Park, venue for the National Aboriginal Day activities in Terrace. The key message in Dr. Hennings address will be the importance of education in the lives of the communitys young people and their parents and how education has the power to positively change lives. My life experiences are living proof that education can shape ones life for the better, said Dr. Henning, who is Cherokee/Choktaw from Oklahoma in the south-central U.S. National Aboriginal Day is about celebrating Indigenous culture and at Northwest Community College, we strive to do that everyday by offering an inclusive learning atmosphere and by celebrating the traditions of the people on whose traditional territory we live and work. NWCC will also have a booth at the event, which runs between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. and features a days worth of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal storytelling, song and dance, childrens activities and more.

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