From August 24–August 27 2021, Indigenous Education and Services at snəw̓eyəɬ leləm Langara College is offering a week-long on-campus program that provides support and guidance for Indigenous students transitioning into our College for the Fall 2021 term. Learn more about the program by reading the FAQs below.   

This week-long program will assist students with creating a foundation for their studies by learning how to learn.

The program combines 10 face-to-face theme-based workshops, with a focus on community building and fostering intellectual engagement.

By participating in the program, students invest in the skills that will support them in all their classes and future learnings. The week-long program includes research-proven strategies that support students to reach their learning goals and stay on track and will include workshops on many topics including: 

  • Goal setting 
  • Organization 
  • Time management and scheduling 
  • Motivation and procrastination 
  • Reading and note-taking 
  • Writing and finding sources 
  • Referencing and plagiarism 
  • Creativity and Critical thinking skills 
  • Study strategies 
  • Metacognition 

The main goals of the program are to: 

  • increase Indigenous student participation, retention, and high school graduation rates by providing a more supportive transition into post-secondary education; 
  • support students in learning how to effectively reduce the impacts of school-related stresses and restore school-life balance; 
  • enhance student understanding on how to set and accomplish realistic goals; 
  • support students in learning how to prepare an academic schedule and assignment checklist, and learn strategies for time management, and learning how to overcome procrastination; 
  • identify and optimize personal learning preferences; 
  • offer interactive and engaging educational experiences in a setting that encourages excellence. 

The Support, Strategize, Succeed Program will be led Indigenous Education and Services and Dr. Jamilee Baroud, Learning Strategist at Langara College. Jamilee holds a PhD in Education from the University of Ottawa and specializes in designing and leading the implementation of online and face-to-face learning strategist programs combining cognitive science, culturally sustaining pedagogies, and technology apps to support student success. 

Students will also be joined by peer-leaders who have participated in the Learning Strategist program, co-hosting workshops and supporting students.  

The program is open for new incoming Fall 2021 Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) students. The cost of the program is free and participating students will receive an award of up to $400. 

Program schedule: Tuesday, August 24–Friday, August 27

  • 9:00 am–9:45 am | Breakfast 
  • 9:45 am–10:00 am | Opening Ceremony 
  • 10:00 am–11:30 am | Themed Workshop
  • 11:30 am–12:00 pm | Body Break 
  • 12:00 pm–1:00 pm | Lunch 
  • 1:00 pm–1:45 pm | Themed Presentation 
  • 1:45 pm–2:15 pm | Body Break 
  • 2:15 pm–3:15 pm | Themed Workshop 

 *Breakfast and lunch provided. 

This program will provide support and guidance for new Indigenous students transitioning into our College for the Fall 2021 term. First term students will have an opportunity to share their goals, fears and hopes for the future, and will provide practical resources, tips and guides to support students to improve educational outcomes, successfully complete their first year of College, and go on to fulfil their academic potential with competence and confidence.

Program Participant Expectations 
 
Respect 
Program participants are expected to respect all people involved in the program, including themselves, other camp participants, teachers, the Learning Strategist, Elders, Langara faculty and staff and students and all other participants. The camp participants are expected to respect the Langara. 
 
Participation 
Program participants are expected to wholeheartedly participate in all related activities. This includes listening to workshop facilitators, supervisors, peers and other guests; completing all work to the best of their abilities; and following and complying with all instructions given by the program coordinator 
 
Attitude 
Participants are expected to maintain a positive and friendly attitude throughout the camp. 
 
Safety 
The Support Strategize Succeed Program is a safe and fun place for everyone. Any kind of physical violence, bullying, harassment, teasing, possession of weapons (including materials used as weapons,) or behaviour that in any way threatens the safety of others will not be tolerated.  
 
Attendance 
Participants are expected to arrive on time and attend all sessions and activities during the program.  
 
Camp Participants Agree: 

  1. To attend the program for all four days. 
  2. To attend all scheduledprogram activates. 
  3. To be always be on time. 
  4. To complete and hand in assigned work as and when required. 
  5. To abide by the program participant expectation agreement of the Support Strategize Succeed Program. 
  6. To understand that the program coordinator and staff will determine what is considered to be appropriate behaviour with respect to attitude, participation, safety, attendance records, and absences and their decision will be final. 

Sign up for the Support, Strategize, Succeed Program by August 6, 2021. If you require assistance with completing your application, please email indigenous@langara.ca.

Accepted participants will be expected to agree and adhere to the program expectations agreement, including a commitment of full participation in all activities.