MAAWNJIDMI (Getting Together)
Several local young indigenous women whose passions are in the fields of indigenous health and education have accepted an offer of semaa to walk with the Guelph Wellington community as part of the TRC WINTER Gathering@The Bookshelf on January 28, 2018 Sunday 11 am-4pm. We welcomes all ages, all individuals, all families, and especially organizations who are intentional about building strong sustainable relationships with local First Nations, Metis, Mixed Ancestry and Inuit.
Community energy that day will focus on how to build education and health-related relationships that feed the “greater good and are respectful and reciprocal with the indigenous peoples living here....Several local Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Healers and local organization representatives who have been strong Allies with the indigenous community over many years, will share their own unique stories on this learning path of 'relationship building' in the education and health sectors.
Hannah Tait Neufeld, and Maria Shallard will guide the "nurturing of these stories' particularly those stories of Dr. Kim Anderson, who is well known to this region and has led the way so that many young indigenous women and men might search out the essence of their indigeneity. A initial reading from the recently released "Indigenous Experiences of Pregnancy and Birth" co-edited by Hannah Tait Neufeld and Jaime Cidro will share a small collection of the findings of many indigenous female researchers as they reclaim traditional indigenous teachings pre-contact. Their stories speak to the heart of relationships when it comes to education and health. Several of the writers will be attending this gathering.
In the afternoon, a Community Sharing Circle will hold a safe and healing space for conversations about 'relationships' in the realms of the education and health. We hope to meet you there.