NEWSCAST - Friday, July 5th, 2019
- One of the most remarkable spaces on campus will take on new importance as Western creates a new Indigenous learning and gathering space, as outlined in its Indigenous Strategic Plan.
- Over the next year, the distinctive circular library at the John. G. Althouse Faculty of Education Building will be repurposed into an Indigenous Learning Centre.
- The facility will be a home for Indigenous learning initiatives and a place where people can gather and build relationships in the spirit of reconciliation, decolonization and Indigenization.
- Consultations about space planning will begin this summer, with renovations expected to begin in the next six months. The project looks to be completed by mid-2020.
- Easily identifiable by its domed roof and rounded walls, the facility has three levels, with more than 10,000 square feet of indoor space. The centre will have a gathering area, mezzanine and teaching/classroom spaces. Outdoors, it will also feature a classroom, relocated Indigenous food and medicine garden and ceremonial space.
- In a decision that preceded the building’s intended repurposing, library services for the Faculty of Education are shifting to meet students’ and researchers’ needs more effectively. The Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian and the Dean of Education are collaborating on specifics of the redesigned delivery model and space.
- Brunette-Debassige said outreach to the invested communities began last October to take an inventory of spaces and programming needs. Almost 300 people have participated in consultations so far.
- Western’s Indigenous Services, part of the Student Experience portfolio, will continue to have a home in the Student Services Building where it has offered a gathering space, student lounge, computer lab and elders’ office.
- Western is academic home to more than 400 Indigenous students.
- London’s annual kickoff to summer was last night with the opening ceremonies to Sunfest!
- This year is a little more special though, as it is the 25th anniversary of the event, which is held every year at Victoria Park. It is a free event that sees many international food vendors, shops and other tents around the park set up shop for thousands of Londoners and out of towners to come through in a celebration of summer, community and multiculturalism.
- There are food vendors of all ethnicities, from your standard chip wagon, to full on vietnamese dishes. Not to mention authentic homemade clothing, jewelry and other knick knacks for all to enjoy.
- Last night’s opening ceremonies were highlighted by a special guest appearance by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Able to prevail over protestors and hecklers, Trudeau gave a speech that highlighted Sunfest’s multiculturalism and impact on Canada.
- Also in his speech, he requested that people do not boo the national anthem as was the case at the opening ceremonies where the small group of protestors, who donned an array of signs protesting pipelines, international conflict among countless other causes, were raucous during a live performance of the O Canada.
- Sunfest will run all weekend long into Sunday evening with musical performances on four different stages, with plenty of food and shopping available.
- Be sure to check out Radio Western’s tent when you get the chance and get some swag!
- It’s game day for the London Majors, who are coming off a huge win against the top team in the league on Canada beating the Barrie Baycats 15-3.
- Tonight, they will host the other top team in the league, the Kitchener Panthers. Kitchener is 15-5 on the season, now a half game up on Barrie for top spot in the IBL.
- The Panthers have taken the other two meetings with the Majors this season, outscoring them by a combined 27 runs.
- The Majors have been hot as of late, finishing off a solid month of June, reaching as high as third place but have since dropped down to 5th at 12-12.
- First pitch for tonight’s game will be at 7:35pm from Labatt Park.
- The Majors will also be in action on Sunday when they head to the Hammer to take on the Hamilton Cardinals.
- High of 31 degrees today but worry not, it will soon be blown out by strong thunderstorms later on.
- That risk of thundershowers will persist throughout the evening overnight with the temperature going to about 22.
- Tomorrow will see a high of 29 with a humidex of 37 with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon, but then a clear, sunny evening.
- Then Sunday will be 28 degrees and sunny.