All My Relations is a reminder of who we are with both our family and relatives, and the extended relationship we share with all human beings. Indigenous relationships go further than that – the web of kinship spans to all of creation. It is an encouragement for us to accept the responsibilities we have within the universe by living in a harmonious and moral manner. In this session, Mary-Anne Kechego leads a teaching and conversation about the meaning behind All My Relations.
In Social Injustice in the Court System, Tina Stevens explores how settler colonialism began the long-standing legacy of racism and discrimination toward Indigenous peoples, discusses the connections between the imposition of European culture and how Indigenous laws were overlooked, and explores how the removal of Indigenous people from their home territories continues to have long-lasting impacts today. Tina also offers steps towards reconciliation that could help to correct or re-shape the injustices in the justice system.
In the Impact of Residential Schools, Tracey Whiteye shares her story as an Indigenous woman and second-generation residential school Survivor who fought to regain her culture and language through the healing of Indigenous ways of knowing. This session interweaves the history of residential schools with the personal experiences of Survivors and their families.
In We Are All Treaty People, Mary-Anne Kechego talks about the Two-Row Wampum Belt and Dish With One Spoon treaty covering southern Ontario to illustrate what treaties mean to Indigenous Nations because “it is important to educate our allies about what treaties represent and their responsibilities to uphold those treaties”.
The Doctrine of Discovery was a 1493 Papal decree that has been used as a legal and moral way to justify the colonial dispossession of Indigenous Nations of their lands and waterways, and to promote Christian domination and superiority. In this session, Tina Stevens presents how the Doctrine of Discovery has shaped Canadian laws and the treatment of Indigenous Peoples.
In the Sixties Scoop, Tracey Whiteye describes the systemic discrimination at the heart of this government policy in the 1960s that resulted in Indigenous children being forcibly removed or ‘scooped’ from their homes, communities, and families to be adopted into mostly non-Indigenous, middle-class families. The session honours the Survivors who are regaining their cultures, languages, and identity as Indigenous peoples.
There is a fundamental difference between child welfare practices based on Eurocentric colonial structures/principles and standards and Indigenous practices of caring for Indigenous children and families. In this session, Child Welfare & Practice Standards, Tina Stevens and Tracey Whiteye share the importance of Indigenous guiding principles and values that are based on the best interest of the community – a community that includes children, families, and all other people around the child.
In Métis Teachings, Gloria Thomson presents the evolvement of the Métis as a distinct People and shares the impact of that history as it has affected her and her family.
In Missing & Murdered Indigenous People, Tracey Whiteye discusses the violence faced by Indigenous people and some of the concrete ways that we can all help to stop it. In the session, Tracey discusses the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and the attention it brought to the disturbing numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, as well as research into the violence experienced by Indigenous men.
In Shannen’s Dream and Jordan’s Principle, Tracey Whiteye discusses the rights of Indigenous children to receive a proper education and equitable access to all government funded public services by sharing the stories of Jordan and Shannen, and how their lives helped to foster positive change for Indigenous children and youth.
In the Importance of Growing Gardens, Mary-Anne Kechego talks about the importance of growing gardens as a way to remind us that all the plants that we grow can help to “sustain us in life”. In this session, Mary-Anne explores the relationship between sowing seeds and the cycles of the moon and how to “touch the earth, plant a seed, sing nurturing songs to it… and give healing to our spirit”.