The past three months have been a fulfilling period of planning and celebrating reconciliation in action. Our Indigenous Institutes have been sharing Indigenous knowledge, traditions and supporting lifelong learning goals.
‘Academia became a reality’: Students learn about residential schools from their survivors
“When we learn in the classroom, we have an emotional buffer…We discuss and analyze serious topics without fully realizing their impacts. At Shingwauk, that emotional buffer was stripped away.”
Exhibit shows benefits of Indigenous inventions
“Here in the Sault we have this beautiful host in [Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig] where we can host this exhibit and it’s about showcasing Indigenous innovation and ingenuity. We want people to think differently about items or inventions that they use in their everyday lives and show them how they come from original Indigenous innovations. We want people to look at things through a different lens.” said Ashley Larose, Science North CEO at Friday’s exhibit opening at SKG.
Fort Erie-based program will train early childhood educators
“This program is ‘ReconcilliAction’ and an example that when we move beyond policy into innovative solutions, there are benefits to everyone,” said Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre Executive Director Jennifer Dockstader. “This is an important lesson that innovation and ‘ReconcilliAction’ are possible when people are priority over policy.” Other program partners include the FENFC, where the program will be based, Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) and funding from Niagara Region’s Children’s Services (NRCS).
Akwesasne History Project: The Indian Act
The Indian Act is a part of Canada’s history of assimilation policies intended to erase the cultural, social, economic, and political distinctiveness of Indigenous people. The Indian Act has been widely attacked and criticized due to the fact that it is discriminatory and an affront to the basic human rights of Indigenous people. Iohahi:io collaborated with AMBE and Katenies Research and Management Services on the Akwesasne History Project video explaining the Indian Act.
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTcXe-pGOCc
The Ęjidwahsrö:ni’ Fund – “We will build again”
The Ęjidwahsrö:ni’ Fund has now raised over $20,000 from generous donors towards the rebuilding of the OSTTC Longhouse Ganǫsa’ǫ:weh!
Before production of the Longhouse began, Project Advisor Committee Member, Kahyonhakta, Richard W. Hill Sr said, “While it has been many centuries since our people actually lived in bark-covered longhouses…It is such a good feeling knowing that soon our children will be able to see such a historic structure here in our own community. It will be very important to reinforce our traditional identity as the People of the Longhouse. It will also allow us to have a sharing place where the stories, crafts, and games of our ancestors come alive for the next generation.”