Doug Willliams, Anne Taylor & Dave Mowat will share information on the importance of treaties. They will each share their unique perspectives of the Mississauga Nation on treaties and what are the responsibilities we all need to pick up.
Sarain Fox, Maria Montejo & Jade Huguenin will each share their reflections on activism & recognition of the validity of truth in shaping the future. They will consider & reflect on the importance of the voices of the youth in today's world and forward. Each of our panelists will bring forward their unique voices to share their experiences & how it shaped their lives as advocates.
Dr. Niigaan Sinclair will share...
Diane Hill will be examining the concept of the "Good Mind" as articulated in ancient Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse) teachings which is the focus of the presentation. The speaker will share her perspective and reflections regarding the spiritual source of the "Good Mind" and comment on its potential for accelerating the manifestation of a new reality rooted in a notion of peace
Dr. Margaret Bruchac topic: Native America & First Nations artifacts collected during the salvage anthropology era have long been imagined, by museums, to be almost unidentifiable relics and interesting art objects. For example, more than 400 wampum belts are currently housed in museums & private collections in North America & Europe. Each wampum belt seems to be mysterious. Yet, each belt represents the actions of inter-cultural & inter-tribal diplomacy, encoded in specific patterns of whelk & quahog shell beads. Members of the "Wampum Trail" research team work to identify these objects & recover these stories using restorative methods that include archival research, object cartography, consultation, & ethnographic interviews. The team has also uncovered material details--such as anomalous glass beads, regional patterns of weaving, & evidence of repair & re-use--that reveals the nuanced intentions of wampum artisans and diplomatic partners.
Elder Thomas Louttit will discuss his personal healing journey. His early childhood experience including the Indian residential school, exposure to the Children's Aid Society and his transition to a traditional life. He will also discuss the medicines and the sweat lodge according to his teachings.
When asked in a recent interview* https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/leanne-betasamosake-simpson-interview "what we can do to fight (colonial) violence (on Indigenous bodies & ways of knowing)?" Nishnaabeg musician, mother, scholar, & activist, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson replies "Center Two Spirit, queer, & trans people in our nation building, in our movement building & in our world building." As part of an answer to this call, Smokii Sumac brings their experiences of "becoming" two-spirit; discussing how this term is embodied in their life, through ceremony, through two-spirit history, and in connection with LGBTQAI+ Indigenous folks who don't claim the term. All are welcome at this session, however, we will be actively centering the voices of Indigenous LGBTQAI+ and two-spirit voices as we share stories, build relationships & theorize steps towards resurgence, creation & adaptations of two-spirit knowledges.
Dr. Albert Marshall welcomes dialogue concerning the challenges of co-learning in the context of ongoing colonization, the dispossession of Indigenous lands, global climate change, reconciliation & upholding our collective Treaty responsibilities for Mother Earth, among other critical issues. He will share his understandings of co-learning as a transcultural learning journey involving diverse peoples. Co-learning can be describe as an emergent & multi-dimensional process that involves committing to nurturing & growing respectful relationships, learning from each other, learning together, seeking to understand & work with diverse knowledge systems & nurturing collaborative & transformative action on behalf of Mother Earth & all Beings. Albert will also share the Mi'kmaw understanding of etaupmunk, the gift of multiple perspectives or two-eyed seeing. Etuapmumk involves drawing on the strengths of diverse ways of knowing, doing, & being, & weaving back & forth between diverse cultures' values, knowledges & actions as unique, place-based circumstances require. Albert will also share about netukulimk, which encompasses Mi'kmaw understandings of sustainability. Some challenges for co-learning & two-eyed seeing concern balancing asymmetrical power relations & avoiding the domination of Western or Eurocentric Knowledge systems. Co-learning requires reflective action, grounded in practices that centre Indigenous voices & knowledges.
Andrew Bullock will assist participants to bead an elegant floral bracelet. This single strand bracelet will be interspersed with petite flowers. This workshop is appropriate for novice through experienced bead workers. Suitable hand-eye coordination and vision are recommended. Patterns will be available for future reference. Happy Beading!
Elder Shirley Williams will offer a teaching as well as an opportunity to explore through an intimate and up close conversation with her. If you have ever wanted an intimate conversation with an Elder as well as opportunities to share and ask questions, this is it. This will be a small group of 10 participants.
Elder Edna Manitowabi will offer a teaching as well as an opportunity to explore through an intimate and up close conversation with her. If you have ever wanted an intimate conversation with an Elder as well as opportunities to share and ask questions, this is it. This will be a small group of 10 participants.