Let us begin by acknowledging the traditional territory of the Indigenous Peoples of this land. We acknowledge that The Broadview Village programs and offices are situated on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnaabe, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Wendat. We also recognize the enduring presence of all First Nations, Métis and the Inuit Peoples.
Thank you, Miigwetch
Land acknowledgements: uncovering an oral history of Tkaronto
Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
Wear orange – September 30 became known as Orange Shirt Day because of the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). On her first day of school, Phyllis arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations. On Sept. 30, Canadians are encouraged to wear orange to raise awareness of the tragic legacy of the Canadian Residential School System.
For a period of more than 150 years, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation children were taken from their families and communities to attend schools which were often located far from their homes. More than 150,000 children attended Indian Residential Schools. Many never returned.
There are a number of wonderful charities, causes, and funds that can be donated to where the money will go toward helping to support Indigenous communities across the country.
Find nonprofit and charity organizations near you, who need volunteers in areas such as addressing local water challenges in Indigenous communities, providing programs that support Indigenous spiritual, emotional, physical and mental well-being, and education.
Internationally, the right to water is recognized by the United Nations. It entitles everyone, without discrimination, access to safe, sufficient, physically accessible and affordable water. In Canada, while our water quality is ranked among the best in the world, First Nations across the country struggle to access a safe supply.
First Nations face disproportionately higher numbers of drinking water advisories, and are subjected to these advisories for longer periods of time than non-Indigenous people. This is due to inadequate and chronic under-funding, regulatory voids and a lack of resources to support water management. The number of water-borne diseases in First Nations communities is 26 times higher than the national average, and people living on reserve are 90 times more likely to have no access to running water compared to non-Indigenous people in Canada. In many of these First Nations, water has elevated levels of heavy metals, including iron and manganese, and contaminants like E. coli.
Mario Swampy, a council member from Samson Cree Nation, co-authored this article.
Kerry Black is assistant professor and Canada Research Chair, Integrated Knowledge, Engineering and Sustainable Communities, University of Calgary.
For full article go to: Tip of the iceberg: The true state of drinking water advisories in First Nations
Several upcoming festivals and events celebrate Indigenous culture and the contributions, accomplishments and talent of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in theatre, film, music, sport and science.
A resource provided by the Social Issues Committee and Territorial Indigenous Ministries The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory
Every Child Matters: Truth – Act One
Canadian Residential School History
Phyllis Webstad – Missing Residential School children
Phyllis Webstad Orange Shirt Day Presentation
TRC Mini Documentary – Senator Murray Sinclair on Reconciliation
Sen. Murray Sinclair: How can Canadians work toward reconciliation
Main dishes include Elk Sausage and 7 Sisters Salad with roasted butternut squash, sweet corn, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, spinach, shredded carrots, dried cranberries and lemon-olive oil dressing. With Wild Rice Salad or Sweet Potato Salad on the side, and Wild Rice Wild Blueberry pudding for dessert. Beverages are strawberry juice, sweetgrass iced tea, and Moccasin Jo Mohawk roasted coffee.
Through a selection of 4 Sessions from ‘Listening to Indigenous Voices’ interested participants will meet once a month to reflect upon past wrongs that have been inflicted upon Indigenous communities, and how we can move towards right relationships with Indigenous peoples as a society and as a church community based upon a renewed respect and celebration. These encounters will take place on the evenings of Thursdays, September 15, October 13, November 10 and December 8, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the parish auditorium.
About Alan Colley – Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours
Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours has been a passion and dream of mine for a long time. I have designed a company which honors our traditional way of life – but also allows for mainstream concepts of tourism and experimental learning.
I believe we are at the point in history where we are able to teach and share with the next generations show to have a sustainable relationship with the environment. This is the focus of Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours. My goal is to bring together our beautiful community in a way that allows elders, adults, youth and children to connect and make a diﬀerence with actions based on the ground principles of the 7 Grandfather Teachings, 13 Grandmother Moon Teachings and Medicine Wheel Teachings.
In relationship with Grandmothers Voice, the Conscious Birth Collective welcomes you for this journey in hearing the traditional teachings of healing and wellness!
Heather Chijiinweh is from the Marten Clan, or the Warrior Clan and resides in Toronto, Wiikemikoong and Sheguiandah. She has been a registered nurse for over 25 years, with a particular passion for Maternal Health. She is an Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Keeper and holds some of the traditional teachings surrounding healing & wellness, fasting, pregnancy, and so much more!
Join First Peoples Indigenous Center as we guide you through this interactive session designed to help you understand your connection to land acknowledgments and why they are imperative to meaningful reconciliation. This workshop explains why land acknowledgments are essential to building relationships with Indigenous communities that honor their rights and treaties as sovereign nations. You will also be able to write personalized land acknowledgments using our 4 step framework. instructions will be sent to those who register.
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Enjoy the beauty of this marine oasis, home to beluga whales and the southern-most population of polar bears
Meet an oceanographer who studies Hudson Bay and James Bay
Join in a magical evening of song, story and TED-style talks, showcasing film and imagery from the world’s largest inland sea
Featuring Indigenous Leaders and the Wildlands League Expedition Team
You are invited to a free outdoor concert with indigenous musical artist Amber Kakiishiway White Bear. The event starts at 5:30 PM and will include a bar-b-que. Please bring your own lawn chairs. The event will move inside for inclement weather.
Join Halton Hills Public Library to celebrate Indigenous heritage and culture, while creating a visual reminder to recognize and honour the past. The Moccasin Identifier advances Treaty and Indigenous awareness by helping you develop a greater understanding of Treaties and Indigenous relationships to the land. Using a Moccasin Identifier Education Kit participants will use stencils based on drawings of historical moccasins of the Anishanaabe, Huron-Wendat, Seneca and Cree to create temporary or permanent paintings of the moccasin designs grounding their learning through an art-based activity. instructions will be sent to those who register.
Ages: Kids (6-12)
Join us for an engaging storytelling experience performed by Otsistohkwiyo Elliott. Learn about The Three Sisters and their importance to the Indigenous harvest in this virtual puppet show.
This program will be done through Zoom, a free video conferencing software for tablets, smartphones and computers. Access instructions will be sent to those who register.
Join Turtle Protectors, an Indigenous led community initiative to celebrate our first nest protection season. We will also celebrate our incredible volunteers and supporters who made it possible.
Elder Vivian Recollect, Bigasohn Kwe, Turtle Clan from Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation, Ojibway Nation and Elder Catherine Tammaro, seated Spotted Turtle Clan FaithKeeper from Wyandot of ANderdon Nation; Wendat Confederacy will open and close the event with teachings and songs.
During our time together, you learn about turtles and their life-cycle through our stories and experiences.
Community Development Council Durham, Newcomer Youth Services invites you to the Indigenous Paddle Painting Workshop.
the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ON NEIHR 2022 Indigenizing Health Fall Gathering’s objective is to share knowledges and conversations about Indigenous health policy. This year’s symposium takes place over two days and includes keynote speakers, a panel, student posters, and an interactive workshop. Throughout the symposium, Indigenous scholars, Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and graduate students, will share their insights regarding the importance of policy grounded in Indigenous Knowledges and the processes of increasing accessibility of policy work to Indigenous community. The event is open to academics, students, and community members. The ON NEIHR Gatherings occur twice-yearly (spring and fall) and in partnership with the Waakebiness Institute for Indigenous Health(WIIH) at the University of Toronto and have been attracting audiences from across Ontario and the world since its Indigenizing Health Symposiums debuted in 2011. The 2022 Fall Gathering will be the first in-person symposium since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Royal Conservatory starts the new Koerner Hall concert season by honouring the lives and knowledge of Indigenous people. Dancer, storyteller, and activist Sarain Fox guides an evening that includes Juno Award nominee Nimkii; then Rebecca Cuddy sings a song cycle by composer Ian Cusson and poet Marylin Dumont (all Métis) accompanied by the New Orford String Quartet and Philip Chiu; and Tomson Highway unveils his irreverent and freewheeling “Cree Country” band with singer Patricia Cano. Co-curated with Denise Bolduc.
Join us at King Township Museum for a multimedia event to honour Reconciliation Day / Orange Shirt Day in York Region. The event will feature performances by drummers, singers and dancers from the First Nations Dance Company, speakers, a display of Indigenous artifacts at the Museum, food and refreshments, craft activities, a sacred fire and more to still be announced.
This event is free, outdoors and all ages. Everyone is welcome. In case of rain there will be a giant tent to keep us all covered.
The Royal Conservatory Described by the Pulitzer Prize Board as “a concentrated and powerful musical expression with a haunting visceral impact”, the FutureStops Festival is proud to bring the 2022 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Music, Voiceless Mass, a mesmerizing work for organ and ensemble by Raven Chacon, to Roy Thomson Hall for its Canadian Premiere on the 2nd National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The Medicine Singers groundbreaking debut LP on Stone Tapes, produced by Yonatan Gat, embodies decades of musical genres influenced by Native American music, offering what Pitchfork called a “vivid new context for the sound of the powwow drum, highlighting the debt that rock music owes to Native American music.”
This monumental album connects experimental and traditional music in previously unheard ways, acting as a guided tour de force. Taking listeners through the many different musical styles with roots (unknown until recently) in Native American music. From psychedelic punk to spiritual jazz, from minimalism to electronic music.
Enjoy a free concert outdoors in Garden Square, in front of The Rose Brampton, with JUNO Award-winning duo, Crown Lands! The release of Crown Lands’ upcoming, self-titled debut album — produced by six-time Grammy winner Dave Cobb—marked the arrival of a major new force. Raised in Southwestern Ontario, Comeau (guitar, bass and keys) and Cody Bowles (vocals and drums) bring together a range of influences from folk and blues to psychedelic to prog rock and, drawing on their own intense personal chemistry, create something unique and startlingly fresh. In 2016, Crown Lands released their first EP, Mantra, and accelerated their relentless touring schedule, which has seen them open for Jack White, Coheed and Cambria, Primus, and Rival Sons. The group’s name is indicative of their substantial ambitions; “Crown Land” is territorial area belonging to the monarch—or, as Bowles(whose own heritage is half Mi’kmaq, an Indigenous tribe from Nova Scotia) puts it, “Crown Land is stolen land and we are reclaiming it.”
Indigenous Liberation, created and performed by new dance collective Indigenous Enterprise, features champion dancers and singers ranging from various parts of US and Canada representing and performing rich traditional and cultural dances of many tribes and nations. Audiences are introduced to dances such as the Native American Flute, Men’s Chicken Dance, Women’s Fancy Shawl, Women’s Jingle Dress, Hoop Dance, among others. This eclectic and exciting performance furthers the company’s mission to share the culture and identity of Indigenous people. The performance is presented in partnership with DanceWorks and Fall for Dance North.