On Saturday, February 29, 2020, three University of Waterloo students who are studying Japanese at Renison participated in the 38th annual Ontario Japanese Speech Contest. All three worked hard on their speeches with their teachers Fumie-sensei, Eri-sensei and Mizusa-sensei.
Last week, a busy hallway in Renison was filled with the sound of song and drumming in support of the Wet’suwet’en people, who are currently protesting the building of a pipeline through their traditional territory in British Columbia.
"This award has changed my life. I have nothing but sincere gratitude and hope that you understand the immense impact you have made not only on my life in university, but the opportunities you have afforded me that will follow me the rest of my life." - Kirsten
We are the old-timers, a sometimes overlooked generation of Renison grads. Born after World War 2, we were the first wave of baby-boomers to swell student populations of Ontario universities in the 1960s, many of which did not exist a decade or two earlier, Waterloo and Renison included.
The Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation (DOHR) project hit the news again in December, featured on CBC's The National. The project is directed by Renison's Dr. Kristina Llewellyn, and uses virtual reality (VR) to tell personal accounts of abuse at the ‘Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children.’ It is the first time in Canada that personal storytelling and immersive technology has been used in this way, allowing students to fully engage in the subject matter, and then participate in discussion.