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.
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