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From Platitudes to Gratitude: A Land Acknowledgement Workshop

A participatory workshop exploring our relationship(s) to the land, taking action, land acknowledgements and how we can make them more meaningful.

If you’ve attended an event in person or online you’re likely familiar with the following chain of events: There’s a short “welcome”, followed by the reading of a land acknowledgement, some housekeeping notes, and then the event begins.

And while that land acknowledgement you hear and what it represents is beyond important, it can often feel impersonal, superficial, and rushed through.

Join INDIGENizeUS facilitators Leslie McCue and Lindy Kinoshameg for this virtual “hands on” participatory workshop. In this workshop you will learn about the history and significance of land acknowledgements, including:

– The history of agreements and treaties that were made and broken.
– Pronunciations of Nations.
– Examining who you are, and your relationship with the land that sustains you.

You will have the opportunity to work independently and in small groups (zoom breakout rooms) to explore, research, and develop a more meaningful connection when you are acknowledging and caring for this land.


Lindy Kinoshameg
A proud Odawa from the Pike clan, Lindy was raised in Wiikwemkoong Unceeded First Nation on Manitoulin Island. Lindy has spent over a decade in Toronto and now living in Ajax, focusing his energy on Indigenous cultural awareness and breaking stereotypes through the arts. Always striving to practice new art-forms has led to a multitude of experiences: Visual arts projects, Healthy Living Program Coordinator, and Indigenous Radio Program Host, working his way up to Production Tour Manager and Event Coordinator, Indigenous Dance and cultural workshop facilitation.

Lindy is now the Community Engagement Facilitator at Young People’s Theatre, in part to his strong belief and push towards incorporating Indigenous values and teachings into his practice, and sharing his knowledge with others.

Leslie Kachena McCue A proud member of the Mississaugas of Curve Lake First Nation, currently living and working in Ajax. Leslie is an artist who also works freelance for various organizations in producing, arts administration, performance, facilitation and project coordination.

Leslie is a third year Fellow for the International Society for the Performing Arts and works independently with: The Mola Dulad Media Collective, Chocolate Woman Collective, CHIPPEWAR, Young Peoples Theatre and the Royal Ontario Museum. Leslie is an artist in residence with Musagetes Foundation.


From Platitudes to Gratitude: A Land Acknowledgement Workshop

28 Jan 2021


Please Note:

– This is a participatory workshop where you will create land acknowledgements through small and large group discussions that includes research and sharing.
– Breakout rooms for the workshop (unless you require special accommodations) are randomly assigned, therefore we cannot accommodate requests for people to be in the same breakout room as a friend, family member, co-worker, etc. If you absolutely require to be in the same breakout room as someone else, please contact Kathleen at: kathleen@myseumoftoronto.com before Sunday January 24th, 2021.
– Registration accessibility: Should you have any trouble registering/accessing registration through Eventbrite please contact Kathleen at: kathleen@myseumoftoronto.com before Sunday January 24th, 2021.
– Live Captioning and ASL will be provided. Please indicate which service you need during checkout. If you do require ASL or live captioning please register by January 24.
– If you have any additional requirements or accommodations, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.
– If the event is full, there will be a waitlist. Waitlist registrants can show up to the event when it opens and see if a spot has opened up.
– In case of changes or cancellation we will do our best to notify you in advance via email.
– This webinar will be recorded.

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