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Wednesday July 13th, 2022 Sessions

Opening Keynote with Nancy Jones

9:00 am – 10:15 am CST or 10:00 am – 11:15 am EST

Family Language Learning with Patricia Ningewance

10:30 am – 11:45 am CST or 11:30 am – 12:45 pm EST

How to teach a young family Ojibwe language through Zoom or in person using lessons from “Reclaiming Our Territory Word by Word, Grassroots Language Teaching”.

P. Ningewance is Ojibwe, born and raised at Obizhigokaang (Lac Seul) in northwestern Ontario. Her Ojibwe name is Waabi-bizhikiikwe (White Buffalo Woman). Her parents’ names were Endaso-giizhig but he was known as Endasoo. His family called him Enchashoo. He was Bear clan, and therefore his children were all Bear clan as well. His parents were Henry and Margaret Ningewance. Pat’s mother’s name was Christie, Ikwezens in Ojibwe, and she was of the Moose clan. Her parents were Samuel and Maggie Lac Seul of Frenchman’s Head. Pat’s family lived in Hudson, Ontario where they went to public school near the reserve. Pat has taught Ojibwe for many years at 3 universities, written many native language books including a dictionary for northern Ontario. She is at the University of Manitoba now.

Cultural Make & Take Sessions - SESSIONS ARE FULL

12:30 – 4:00 pm CST / 1:30 – 5:00 pm EST (end times will vary depending on the session)

Come join one of our virtual workshops as we make an item or you can choose to view a cooking demo. All materials are provided for the make & take. Just bring yourself and come ready to create and engage with others doing the same.

With these sessions, you will engage with one of our artisans as you learn to make a one of a kind piece of art. The best part? After you make it, you get to use this as a resource in your program with children and families! This is an awesome opportunity to learn something new and participate in a cultural teaching.

Review the options below. (All are located on the registration form)

Ribbon Skirt Making with Sherry Lickers

Join Sherry as she walks us through the making of a ribbon skirt! You will need a sewing machine, iron, and sewing supplies (thread, pins and scissors). The ribbon skirt kit i.e. material, ribbons and elastic are supplied and mailed to you!

Sherry has been sewing since age 5. She loves to sew and recently started a business Sherry Berry Designs; making ribbon skirts, ribbon shirts and embroidery items like towels and t-shirts. Sherry’s favourite is making a ribbon skirt with strawberries. This brings her great joy!!

Ribbon Skirt Pocket (47 downloads) Sherry Licker’s Bio

Bead a Tikanagan Pin with Darci Everson

Participants will learn basic beading techniques and be guided through beading a small pin. The pin will be a baby in a tikinaagan which represents children and families that educators works with.

Darci Everson is from Lac Seul First Nation. She was born and raised in Kenora, ON and now resides in Thunder Bay, ON with her family. Darci holds two degrees – one in education and the other in Psychology. In 2018, after working for a number of years and beading on the side, Darci launched a bead supply company as a side business. She is now owner of EverBead – a spinoff from her last name but also indicating that bead work is “forever” and is also ever good and ever deadly. Darci believes that beading truly is medicine and loves sharing what she has learned in her beading journey with others.

Darci’s Bio

Schedule Change: Mary Alice Taylor

Description: Language Resource Kit

Please note schedule has been changed.  Please use the below link to attend this session

Cooking Demo with Melissa Payne, Registered Dietitian

Come and experience an authentic cooking demonstration with Melissa Payne. Cooking demonstrations are useful tools that show participants quick, easy ways to prepare foods. Melissa will guide the participants from start to finish! You may learn some new cooking techniques and recipes. (And be provided with a kitchen tool!)

Melissa Payne has been a guest presenter at a couple of the Thunder Bay Regional Child Care Cooks Network meetings!

If you choose to participate in the cooking demo step by step see below:

Foods we will be making

  • How to use an instant pot
  • Pie and pie crust
  • Wild meat and wild rice soup

Rattle Making with Peggy Adams, Thunder Bay

The rattle is not just an instrument for First Nation Peoples. It has been used for centuries in a variety of ceremonies. Join Peggy Adams as she instructs the making of a rattle and provides cultural teachings associated with the tradition.

Participants provided with the kit: includes stick, rawhide, lacing, and instructions.

Additional instructions from Peggy Adams:

  1. Soak the hide in cold water overnight.
  2. Collect sand to fill and shape each rattle. I use beach sand and pick out the larger bits.
  3. If you have a small funnel it can be used to facilitate filling the rattle with the sand.
  4. Thread your needle (enclosed) with the sinew. Don’t separate it.
  5. Further instructions will be provided by myself.
  6. If you want, you can find another handle other than the dowel provided. eg, drift wood, deer antler, diamond willow etc. Just make sure it will fit into the opening of the rattle.
  7. Gather the beads or small pebbles to fill your rattle when it is dried. I most often use pony beads. You can try different things if you like.
  8. When your rattle is dried, you might want to paint it (acrylic paint is best). or varnish it. You can dress your handle with feathers, beads, hide, shells or leave it plain.

Dream Catchers with Donna Meekis, Kenora

It is believed that a dreamcatcher changes a person’s dreams. Join this session to build your dreamcatcher using durable materials such as soft hide, sinew, metal rings for durability Beads and feathers are also added to attract the good dreams. This is a creative workshop where everyone can bring their own creative energy into their dream catchers.

Participants provided with a dreamcatcher kit. You will need a pair of scissors and pony beads to decorate the feathers!  If you prefer coloured feathers please have them available.

Full Moon Ceremony

5:30 pm CST or 6:30 pm EST

The full moon ceremony is an Indigenous ceremony to honour ourselves, other women, and our relationship with the Grandmother Moon. It is a time for appreciating life and each other. Let’s come together with Sharon Desmoulin and Julie Michano of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg.

Sharon is a proud member of Biigtigong First Nation. She was born in the little village of Port Coldwell. She is a proud momma bear of 6 adult children and blessed with 3 grandchildren. She is honoured to be GG to her great grandson River and granny to Jazmyn Grace. Sharon has walked her spiritual path for over 25 years. She is from the Turtle Clan and her helpers are the thunder birds and grandmother turtle. She started fasting at a sacred gathering near dreamers rock, where she was gifted a sacred pipe. She carries the teachings of the Thunderbird pipe and has led the full moon ceremonies for over 20 years where the women and children gather to share in a sacred circle. They receive teachings of grandmother moon and the blessings of the moon water. She has a lot of experience in the special ceremony of strawberry fasting for the young women who are walking into motherhood and the spiritual circle. She also participates in ceremonies with the eagle fan for people who are seeking healing for physical, emotional and spiritual guidance.

Julie is a proud mother of 3 adult children, and blessed to have 2 grandchildren. She loves camping, fishing, cooking for her family. She is an Ojibway from Biigitigong First Nation born and raised. She lives a sober life for over 40+ years. Julie is a pipe carrier, and conducts sweat lodges. She attends ceremonies all year around. She is a part of the full moon gathering held monthly with women and children sharing stories. Julie is one of the founders of the Melgan Lake Camp, this was a vision her late father Ken Desmoulin had always wanted to create. A place where people can go back to the land. Julie hosts workshops and ceremonies on the land for everyone to attend.