Panel - Honouring our Treaties

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.  

Youth Panel - Reflections on Indigenous Activism & Recognition

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.

Anishinaabeg Aadizookaanag as Praxis

Dr. Niigaan Sinclair will share...

Ka'nikonhriyohtshera: Fostering Emergence of the Good Mind

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

Stories from the Wampum Trail: Restorative Methods to Recover Object Histories & Relationships

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.

Story of Resilience: A Healing Journey: Then & Now

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.

Two-Spirit Resurgence

When asked in a recent 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. 

The Challenges of Moving Forward in a Co-Learning Journey

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.

Beading Daisy Chain Jewelry

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!

Intimate & Up-Close Conversations with Elder Shirley Williams

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.  

Intimate & Up-Close Conversations with Elder Edna Manitowabi

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.