Mi’kmaq communities throughout the province are celebrating National Aboriginal Day today, June 21. “In Nova Scotia, the Mi’kmaq people are an important part of our province’s culture and heritage,” said Premier Darrell Dexter, who is also the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “National Aboriginal Day is an opportunity for Nova Scotians to celebrate that rich culture, as well as the history of the Mi’kmaq and their contributions to the province. “I hope that all Nova Scotians will take the opportunity to recognize this important day, and the 2011 Halifax International Powwow, taking place Canada Day weekend on the Halifax Common.” Canada’s National Aboriginal Day gives people the chance to learn more about Aboriginal people and their contributions towards the country’s development and progress. It was first proclaimed in 1996 by former Gov. Gen. Romeo LeBlanc and is held on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. Traditionally, summer solstice is the day on which many aboriginal communities celebrate their cultural and spiritual beliefs. Visit www.halifaxpowwow.com for information on Mawio’mi 2011: Halifax International Powwow and www.ainc-inac.gc.ca to learn more about National Aboriginal Day.
Lana RadloffLana RadloffMA candidate Classics, Faculty of HumanitiesSupervisor: Professor Elizabeth GreeneResearch topic: Examination of alternate approaches to de-contextualized antiquitiesHometown: a farm near Star City, SaskatchewanLana Radloff packed her bags late last spring to spend eight months abroad. Her first stop was to work as a teaching assistant on an excavation in Northern Greece led by Prof. Margriet Haagsma from the University of Alberta. From there, she went to Turkey to work on an underwater survey project and do research at the Institute of Nautical Archaeology with her Brock supervisor, Prof. Elizabeth Greene. After that, she completed a three-month internship at the Athens-based Canadian Institute in Greece (CIG). The institute has primary responsibility for Canadian archaeological research in Greece.Radloff will be one of several Brock graduate students to give presentations at the March 3 Research Café, Connecting to the World, held as part of the annual Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference. The Research Café will be held at Pond Inlet from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. All are welcome.What did your internship at the Canadian Institute in Greece involve?I spent my internship facilitating relations between the institute and the public, including public lectures, library research, and serving as a Canadian presence in the international community. I was also in charge of library acquisitions and began overhauling the library inventory to ensure the system was up-to-date and properly categorized.What is the focus of your graduate research?My research examines new methodologies that can be utilized by curators in public museums to provide educational value to collections of de-contextualized antiquities. These collections involve artifacts for which there is no record of the context of their discovery. As such, the cultural, historical and social significance of the artifacts has been lost. I’m exploring alternate approaches such as ethics and the creation of hypothetical contexts.How did you become interested in your area of research?During the first year of my master’s degree at Brock, Dr. Elizabeth Greene took me and my colleagues to see the Cypriote Collection at the University. She explained the difficulties surrounding antiquities without contextual data for archaeological research, as well as the large number of them throughout the world.What made you decide to pursue your graduate education at Brock?The Classics Department at Brock is made up of young, thriving, academics who are very active in their fields of study. The department provides a variety of fieldwork opportunities in Greece, Turkey, and Italy in which students can participate, while there are opportunities to hone my language and literary skills at home.What are your other interests/hobbies/activities?I love to travel abroad and learn about other cultures and languages. My summers are usually spent overseas participating in research opportunities and archaeological excavations. Over the past couple years I have started working on underwater excavations, so I learned to scuba dive which I particularly enjoy. When I am at home, I enjoy being physically active at the gym both on my own and in a class setting. Currently, I am taking a kickboxing class, as well as spin classes. Of course, I also love hockey and spending any time I can with my family, although they live out west.• Past grad student profiles
‘There is no doubt that environmental factors are rising up the agenda for new car buyers’, said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Lower fuel consumption and emissions are now as important for many people as safety features and price. November new car registrations fell two per cent to 155,315 unitsYear to November total down 3.1 per cent to 2,211,054 unitsDiesel registrations fall for first time since April, down 2.5 per cent to 65,203 units ‘The good news is that manufacturers are bringing many new technologies to market and improving the performance of cars with traditional petrol and diesel powertrains. In addition we are providing more information to guide buyers, like the new car green label. We will be keeping a close eye on the Chancellor’s pre-budget speech later today to see if he supports this progress with incentives for buyers.’More detail in the attached:DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)