Indigenous education at core of Brock speaker series

A series of workshops will introduce the Brock community to Indigenous world views, traditions, history and current affairs.

Hosted by the Tecumseh Centre and Office of Human Rights and Equity, the We Are All in Relation speaker series kicked off Tuesday, June 19 with a ‘What is Indigenous?’ workshop led by Connie McGregor (Bomberry) of the Mohawk Nation.

It’s no coincidence the workshops began this month: June is National Indigenous History Month and Thursday, June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day.

“The workshops were designed by members of Brock’s Indigenous communities,” said Michelle Poirier, Advisor with Human Rights and Equity.

“They cover themes of direct relevance in the era of Truth and Reconciliation, including awareness raising on the diversity within and among First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities; teachings related to the Two-Row Wampum; sharing of personal experience at a local residential school and a film and discussion on missing and murdered Indigenous women.”

All students, staff, faculty and members of the greater community are encouraged to participate in this free professional development opportunity to learn more about Indigenous communities and engage in critical discussion.

Those who complete three or more sessions will receive a certificate of attendance.

Upcoming workshops take place throughout June and July in the Welch Hall atrium, with most from noon to 2 p.m.

  • Reconciliation through the Two-Row Wampum — Wednesday, June 27
  • Understanding Privilege — Thursday, July 5
  • Sharing a personal experience at the Mohawk Institute Residential School — Wednesday, July 18
  • Creating a culturally responsive mindset — Wednesday, July 25

For more information on each workshop, download the speaker series poster.

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