Indigenous ServicesStudent Experience

Indigenous Awareness Week

Indigenous Awareness Week

 

Indigenous Awareness Week: Daily Events

Thursday - November 16

pow wow

Canada 150: Indigenous Perspectives Panel

CANADA 150 Panelists:

Jen Elgie is a PhD candidate in sociology. She received her BA at Brock university in women and gender studies and sociology and her MA at western in sociology. Jen has been a Teaching Assistant for Introduction to First Nations studies at Western University for three years and considers herself an ally and friend to the Indigenous community. Jen’s past research, which involved working with a transitional housing organization for Indigenous women, focused on the value of Indigenous focused programs and services for growth and healing. Jen's current research highlights and challenges the often negative mainstream narrative and representation of Indigenous women. More specifically, she is looking at how Indigenous focused and centred programs may be an important space for Indigenous women to gain the skills necessary for challenging and changing that narrative.

Janice Forsyth is an Associate Professor in Sociology and is the Director of the First Nations Studies program at Western. Her research focuses on the way organized physical activities have been used as tools for colonization in Canada and how Aboriginal people have responded to those efforts by taking up those same activities for cultural regeneration and survival. Her current project explores the long-term effects of a policy orientation that linked sport and assimilation by documenting and analyzing the use of sports in the Indian residential school system and conducting interviews with residential school survivors to understand their perspectives on the relationship between sport, identity, culture, and health. In terms of impact, her research has led to more informed policy-making and stronger collaborative partnerships in sport and physical activity in government and the non-profit sector, where she has also demonstrated a clear commitment to service. She is a member of the Fisher River Cree First Nation (Manitoba).

Dave Monture is a Bear Clan Mohawk and a descendant of Joseph Brant who grew up at the Six Nations of the Grand River. His late mother was from Akwesasne and he has family at Tyendinaga. After retiring from 10 years of community development work in Alaska, he chose semi-retirement, and returned to Western to complete his Social Science Degree. He is now working on a novel and an Honors Degree in Creative Writing. His interests include circumpolar affairs; food security and taking back the Americas intellectually. “ Do not be afraid to make all the right mistakes…” - From the Journals of the Pine Tree Chief, a novel in progress.

Maria Sinclair is from Pimicikamak Cree Nation of northern Manitoba. She has received a diploma for Early Childhood Education from Fanshawe College and also received an Honors Specialization in the interdisciplinary field of Childhood and Social Institutions from Kings University College along with a major in First Nations studies from Western University. She continued her studies in the Bachelor of Education program and is now an Occasional Teacher at a local reserve near London, Ontario. She is currently working on a Masters of Professional Education degree from Western University.

Natahnee Winder is a citizen of the Duckwater Shoshone Nation and comes from an intertribal heritage of Navajo, Pyramid Lake Paiute, and Southern Ute. She grew up on both the Pyramid Lake and Southern Ute reservations. She received two Bachelor of Arts: Native American Studies with a concentration in Nation Building and Leadership and Sociology with an emphasis in Social Welfare from the University of New Mexico (UNM). She is PhD Candidate in Sociology and is currently a full-time lecturer with the First Nations Studies Program at Western. She is a huge advocate for mentoring and community-based research. She was the 2015-2016 Henry Roe Cloud Pre-doctoral Fellow at Yale University and is part of the Indigenous Women collective of Women Warriors whose goal is to create a decolonized space to exist and to work towards inspiring others to ignite fires of healing and love into others hearts. Contact Info: Natahnee Winder: nwinder@uwo.ca

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: UCC Room 47

Monday - November 20

dissertation

Dolleen Manning - Dissertation Presentation

Dolleen Manning is a doctoral candidate in the centre for the study of theory and criticism and an artist and emerging curator.

Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Learning Resource Centre at Indigenous Services (WSSB Room 2100)

Lunch

In recognition of Dolleen Manning’s Defence, please join us for lunch at Indigenous Services from 1:00pm-2:00pm.

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Indigenous Services Room 2100

arts

London Arts Council Creative Projects

Professional and emerging artists with the London Arts Council will present three interactive art projects throughout the week. Including print making, video documenting and a group sculpture.

Time: 10:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Indigenous Services (WSSB Room 2100)

dream catcher

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) presents: Interactive Dream Catcher activity

Learn about Dreamcatcher lore and help create a community Dreamcatcher with SAGE representative Maria Sinclair.

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Indigenous Services (WSSB Room 2100)

Tuesday - November 21

arts

London Arts Council Creative Projects

Professional and emerging artists with the London Arts Council will present three interactive art projects throughout the week. Including print making, video documenting and a group sculpture.

Time: 10:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Indigenous Services (WSSB Room 2100)

 Law School info session

Law School Info Session

Law school info session with Danielle Lacasse: assistant dean, admissions and recruitment at Western Law.

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Indigenous Services LRS (WSSB Room 2100)

dream catcher

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) presents: Interactive Dream Catcher activity

Learn about Dreamcatcher lore and help create a community Dreamcatcher with SAGE representative Maria Sinclair.

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Indigenous Services (WSSB Room 2100)

meet and greet

Indigenous Strategic Plan Task Force: Meet and Greet

Meet Indigenous Strategic Plan Task Force Co-Chairs Christy Bressette and Alan Weedon. Soup and Scone provided.

Time: 5:30pm - 6:30 pm
Location: IGAB Atrium

fall social

Indigenous Student Association Presents: Indigenous Awareness Week Fall Social

Haudenosaunee style singing and dancing. Hosted by Lotunt Honyust and the Oneida Men's Singers. Dinner provided, open to all students, faculty, staff and London & Indigenous community members.

Time: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Location: IGAB Atrium

Wednesday - November 22

arts

London Arts Council Creative Projects

Professional and emerging artists with the London Arts Council will present three interactive art projects throughout the week. Including print making, video documenting and a group sculpture.

Time: 10:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Indigenous Services (WSSB Room 2100)

storytelling

Indigenous Story Telling

Indigenous Story Telling with Gloria Thomas and Carol Jacobs, who will share their knowledge and create space for Indigenous Student participation.

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: McKellar Theatre (Room 270 UCC)

film viewing

Film Viewing: The GrandFather of All Treaties

Director Candace Maracle will discuss the making of the film and her experiences as an Indigenous Film Maker.

Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: McKellar Theatre (Room 270 UCC)

dream catcher

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) presents: Interactive Dream Catcher activity

Learn about Dreamcatcher lore and help create a community Dreamcatcher with SAGE representative Maria Sinclair.

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Indigenous Services (WSSB Room 2100)

Teachings from Rlder Liz Akiwenzie

Visiting Elder Liz Akiwenzie provides teaching for the Indigenous community of living.

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Delaware Hall

Thursday - November 23

arts

London Arts Council Creative Projects

Professional and emerging artists with the London Arts Council will present three interactive art projects throughout the week. Including print making, video documenting and a group sculpture.

Time: 10:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Indigenous Services (WSSB Room 2100)

writing workshop

Grant Writing Workshop

Grant writing workshop with Erin Huner, knowledge translation & exchange manager for Research Western. An intro to grant writing, tips and methods. Lunch at 12:00pm.

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Teaching Support Centre (TSC) (Weldon Library room 120)

spoken word workshop

Spoken Word Workshop with Tanaya Winder

Tanaya Winder is a writer, educator, motivational speaker, and performance poet from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. Lunch provided.

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: Teaching Support Centre (TSC) (Weldon Library room 120)

dream catcher

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) presents: Interactive Dream Catcher activity

Learn about Dreamcatcher lore and help create a community Dreamcatcher with SAGE representative Maria Sinclair.

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Indigenous Services (WSSB Room 2100)

Friday - November 24

self reflections

First Nations Studies presents: Reconciliation of Two Minds by Reigniting the Two Row Wampum, Self-Reflections

Perspecties of students in the "Introducation to First Nations Studies" and "Contemporary First Nations Issues in Canada" courses on what Canadians should know about Indigenous peoples using photovoice and writen statements. Oneida cookies, coffee and tea served.

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: First Nations Studies (FNS) conference room (SSC 3207)

arts

London Arts Council Creative Projects

Professional and emerging artists with the London Arts Council will present three interactive art projects throughout the week. Including print making, video documenting and a group sculpture.

Time: 10:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Indigenous Services (WSSB Room 2100)

coffee talk

Sage Event Coffee Talk: Forum on Indigenous Grad Studies and presentation of Natahnee Winder's Topic of Residential Schools.

This is a facilitated group discussion with Indigenous Master and PhD students and candidates about the resources, challenges, and opportunities that they may encounter as they pursue their graduate work. Natahnee will also share her experiences as a PhD student and her journey becoming a PhD candidate. Refreshments provided.

Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: WSSB 3130

dream catcher

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) presents: Interactive Dream Catcher activity

Learn about Dreamcatcher lore and help create a community Dreamcatcher with SAGE representative Maria Sinclair.

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Indigenous Services (WSSB Room 2100)

Sunday - November 26

arts

London Arts Council Creative Projects

Professional and emerging artists with the London Arts Council will present three interactive art projects throughout the week. Including print making, video documenting and a group sculpture.

Time: 10:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Indigenous Services (WSSB Room 2100)

pow wow

12th Annual Indigenous Student Pow Wow

The Pow Wow is a social gathering open to all community members and a great family event. Join us in our celebration of singing, drumming, dancing, and visiting. You can also enjoy shopping at the craft, art, and food vendors.

Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Mustang Lounge (UCC)