Indigenous History Month is a time for all in Canada to reflect upon our responsibilities as treaty people. It is also a time to learn about the histories, cultures, contributions, and strength of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. To read more see this link.
June 21 was chosen because of its alignment with the summer solstice, which is a significant day to the many Indigenous Peoples and communities who have celebrated on this day for generations. The day was created with the support of various Indigenous groups, and passed by Governor General Romeo LeBlanc. In 2009, the House of Commons passed a motion to make the month of June National Aboriginal History Month.
In light of the recent tragic news of the findings at the Kamloops Residential School, it becomes more clear how the work towards healing and reconciliation at Algoma University, in partnership with the Children of Shingwauk Student Association, the Shingwauk Anishinaabe Student Association, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and the Anishinaabe communities locally, is of utmost urgency. Please read the joint press release for additional information.
Throughout the month of June, several learning opportunities will be hosted across the University:
Saturday June 5th at 1pm – Virtual Anishinaabe Graduation Ceremony. This event features world renowned author and Ojibwe Language specialist Dr. Anton Treuer (pronounced troy-er), Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University. Get a ticket here
Thursday, June 10, 12-1:30 – Dr. Heidi Kiiwetinipinesek Stark (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe), Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria. Her primary areas of research and teaching are Indigenous law and treaty practices, Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, and Indigenous politics in the United States and Canada. Get a ticket here.
Thursday, June 17, 12-1:30 – Ted Nolan is a member of the First Nations Ojibway tribe, a former professional hockey left winger, former head coach of the Buffalo Sabres, Latvia men’s national ice hockey team and a motivational speaker. Get a ticket here.
Sunday, June 20th, 1 pm – 3 pm Liz Webkamigad (Ojibway – Odawa – Pottowattomi from Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island) will offer Strawberry Moon teachings! Liz is an Anishinaabe educator and former Director of Shingwauk Residential School Center. The registration link will be shared.
Thursday June 24 12:30-2pm – Jeff Corntassel, (Tsalagi, Cherokee Nation) Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor in the School of Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria Acting Director of the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE). His research and teaching interests focus on “Everyday Acts of Resurgence” and the intersections between Indigenous resurgence, climate change, gender, and community well-being.
Friday June 25 12-1:30pm – Teddy Syrette (They/Them/Theirs) is an Anishinaabe Two-spirit person and member of Batchewana First Nation. As a natural storyteller, Teddy entertains and engages with different audiences, promoting the awareness of art, equity and diversity. They are a recipient of the 2017 Bonham Centre Award.
Sunday June 27th at 1pm– Learn to make 3 Sisters Soup and bannock at the Community cook-along with Anishinaabekwe Karen Boyer. The recipe is listed on the Eventbrite registration page and we invite you to join us in cooking and learning about the 3 Sisters by preparing supplies in advance. Register here
Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig has a new YouTube channel! Please subscribe and access videos of SKG’s past events in case you missed them!
Upcoming events organized by the Shingwauk Anishinaabe Student Association (SASA), the Anishinaabe Initiative Division (AID) and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (SKG) will be posted soon!
As part of Indigenous History Month, we will share important facts and teachings on different themes through our social media campaign titled: “Did you know that ….” Stay tuned.
Below are also opportunities to register for free workshops in Indigenizing curriculum from the University of Windsor: