Morning 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
"The Indigenous People of Canada"
OSeptember 21 - Introduction to Aboriginal People in Canada
Aboriginal culture is complex and dynamic. However Aboriginal people and their cultures are often misunderstood. The goal of this workshop is for individuals to reflect on common assumptions and culturally sensitive communication terms.
Maria Shallard and Natasha Young, University of Guelph
September 28 - Values, Beliefs, and World Views of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit
Each of the Indigenous people groups in Canada has a rich tradition of beliefs about their place in Creation, and their relationships with the land, all living creatures, and each other. There is also a diversity of ideas among these groups. Panel members will share their views: Gabriel Marshall, First Nations; Anita Tucker, Metis; and Tauni Sheldon, Inuit
October 5 - First Footprints in Ontario
This illustrated lecture will examine the underlying cultural worldview of the First Peoples who walked this land before contact with Europeans. Based on the oral history of the contemporary First Nations, we will explore how relationship to place shapes culture and language.
Richard W. Hill, Six Nations Polytechnic
October 12 - Colonialism on Trial
Historical narratives and geographical expressions nations and the colonial governments. After 1867, with most of their land taken, first nations were treated as children by the new nation of Canada.
Victor Lytwyn, Historical treaty specialist and consultant
October 19 - "We are all Treaty People"
The peaceful settlement of the country called Canada was made possible because of treaties proposed by the Crown and agreed to by indigenous peoples. Canadian citizens enjoy their treaty rights—do First Nations citizens enjoy theirs too?
Maurice Switzer, Bnesi, Nimkii Communications
Ordering Information for "We are All Treaty People Nation to Nation"
by Maurice Switzer Bnesi
Union of Ontario Indians
PO Box 711
North Bay, ON P1B 8J8
November 9 - Contemporary Issues and Social/Political Realities—Part I
Lori Ransom, from the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Ontario Region, will speak on behalf of the federal government.
Liz Sandals, MPP from Guelph-Wellington, will speak on behalf of the Provincial Government.
November 16 - Contemporary Issues and Social/Political Realities—Part II
Andrea Chrisjohn, the Executive Director of Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, will speak on behalf of the Indigenous people of Ontario.
The CFNCC is a social service agency ( begun in 1978) to serve the needs of Indigenous people living in Toronto. Their Mission is to provide material assistance, health and educational support to adult, child and family, and youth of First Nations origin.
Andrea's work gives her unique insights and experience to speak to the current Social Political Realities facing the indigenous people in the urban area and speak to some of the issues that will arise in the near future.
November 23 - A settler-descended Canadian ponders the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
How are we to be as a_country if we truly embrace the recommendations of the TRC? What are the
steps a settler-descended Canadian needs to take if he or she wants a new day to dawn for our country?
Rev. John Buttars, Clergy—United Church, retired.
October 26 at 8.30 for 9.00am You’re invited on a field trip!
Join us on a day trip to the Mohawk Institute Residential School and Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford. Depart by highway coach, Denny Bus Lines, from Sears end of Stone Road Mall parking lot North East Corner at 9:00 am, and return around 1:00 pm. The trip includes guides and entry fees. Lunch is not provided and there are no nearby food services.
Cost: $49:00 per person. (See registration form)
Maximum capacity is 75. We will accept the first 75 paid registrations. If demand exceeds capacity an additional trip may be arranged for Wed Nov. 2. You will be notified if you are put on the Nov. 2 list.