Thank you, Merci, Miigwech to all who shared their talents, time, teachings, songs, stories, and art. It was a beautiful day!
Inuit games and cultural sharings
Participants will have the opportunity to explore Inuit culture, history and language as well as the impact of the environment through experiential learning and cooperation. Participants will learn about traditional Inuit games (One Foot High Kick, Kneel Jump, Airplane, and Knuckle Hop). Participants will be able to understand how the roles and culture of the Inuit people were embedded physical games that focus on developing agility, strength, flexibility, and endurance. Traditional games were not only a form of entertainment, but also helped to develop skills that were essential to their survival: strength, agility, flexibility, and endurance.
Facilitator: Stranger (‘Aalla’, ᐋᓪᓚ ᐋᓪᓚ) grew up knowing nothing little about Inuit culture and struggling with addiction. Now, he teaches children about the language and traditions in Ottawa at the Inuit Children’s Centre and is a well-known and loved facilitator; regularly holding workshops in schools throughout the Ottawa area teaching Inuit culture and history. His daughter a professional throat singer Samantha Kigutak-Metcalfe, performs with Cailyn Degrandpré, as the professional throat-singing duo Tarniriik.
Live music by Kevin Schofield, the 'Tennessee Cree'
Ongoing throughout the morning!
Artist: Kevin Schofield, also known as the Tennessee Cree, weaves a guitar performance with pow-wow chanting with lyrics that tell the tale of major cultural and lifestyle shifts in Indigenous minds, way of life and the psychological turbulence of being born of Cree and Scottish descent. Contact him for any bookings Tennesseecree@gmail.com
The Blanket Exercise
An experiential workshop that helps people to understand how the colonization of this land impacts those who were here long before settlers arrived. The exercise is important to understanding how the impact of colonization impacts ourselves, our families, our communities and both Indigenous and non-Indigenous nations.
Facilitators: Jackie Tenute M.A., M.S.W. and Hillory Tenute, M.A. Our amazing facilitators offer workshops as the Otter Daughters Consulting; Made up of two generations of intergenerational survivors. The daughter-mother Anishinaabekwe consulting duo are of the Otter and Thunderbird clan from the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation in Neyaashiinigmiing (Cape Croker) on the Bruce Peninsula. Learn more at their website https://www.otterdaughters.com/
Red Dress Beading Workshop
Make a beaded red dress and enhance your awareness about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)
Facilitator: Roberta Anderson of Roberta Anderson Designs is a Residential School Survivor | Artist | Indigenous | Entrepreneur | Grandma | Mother | Wife | Creative Designer | and Beadworker. Among many other accomplishments and work with Manitobah Mukluks, Roberta has beaded a purse owned by Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. She has also made tiny moccasins that were given as a gift to the king and queen of Bhutan.