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Thursday February 23rd Sessions

Full Breakfast/Registration

9:00 am - 9:45 am

Welcome/Opening with Edwin Taylor, MC

9:45 am - 10:00 am

Edwin C. Taylor (Kaangaadese) is from Walpole Island via Curve Lake First Nation. He is an active learner and instructor of Ojibway language, with fluency. He is a member in good standing with Walpole Island- Anishinaabemowin Language Advisory Group (ALAG). He is actively teaching evening Ojibway language classes at Walpole Island and Algonac, Michigan and is presently employed at Bkejwanong Children’s Centre as their Cultural Enrichment Instructor.

Keynote with Val King

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Edebwed Ogichidaa Kwe-She who speaks the Truth Warrior woman leader. Mkwaa dodem. New Credit doonjibaa. English name is Valarie King. She has lived on Mississaugas of the Credit all of her life. She has been a skaabayis (helper) in the community and off reserve in various employment and volunteer or grass root positions.

For the last 30 years, she strived to bring the sacred bundles of traditional teachings back to the people. Ceremonies and rites of passages such as Grandmother moon ceremonies, fastings, traditional teachings workshops, drumming, singing, and feasts. She has been working with the Traditional medicines and will be soon opening Dancing Moon Holistic centre offering traditional programs for healing and herbal products. She uses her spiritual sight to be a good helper utilizing energy work to do clearings, medicines, her medicine bundles, and sometimes Western methods.

She has 7 children and 7 grandchildren in which they all sing and do traditional dancing around the big drum and hand drum. She does activism work for families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women, for the sacred water. She had worked at Juddah’s place as the holistic counsellor working collaboratively with a doctor and herbalist. She is a Chartered Herbalist, completed her ECE, Bachelor Arts in Health and Women Studies and A minor in Indigenous Studies. Completed her Masters in Indigenous Social Work.

Lunch/Inspiration Table Viewing

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Hands On Activity Paint with Moses or Beading with Nancy

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Nutrition break scheduled.

Inspiration Table Viewing

12:00 pm- 8:00 pm

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Evening Dinner/Networking Sweeping the Tee Pee Game

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sweeping the Teepee

An elimination game that is fun, has lots of movement and is very competitive.
It’s a mix between Simon Says and Musical Chairs. You will need floor space for people to move around. No props needed but, you will need two (2) prizes for the last 2 people standing. For larger groups, you can add more prizes i.e., last 10 or 5, then last 2 standing.
EXPLAIN the phrases and the number of people needed for each one. Get volunteers to demonstrate the motions i.e., horse, teepee, fire, etc. You are NOT going to remind them how many people are needed for each phrase.
Caller SHOULD know the beginning count of how many people there is and will call-out the EVEN & ODD phrases (below) to eliminate people.
1 – Sweeping the Teepee (ONE person) individuals making sweeping motions and moving around the room.
2 – Looking over Horse (TWO people) one person is the horse bent over + one person pretending to look over horse.
3 – Fire in the Teepee (THREE people) two people make the shape of a teepee and one person gets on one knee and puts hands in middle & wiggles their fingers like a fire.
4 – All Directions (FOUR people) four people, all back to back, pointing in the 4 directions. (Does not matter if it’s not exactly N, S, E, W.)
5 – Circle of Friends (FIVE people) All five people make a circle, holding hands.
Caller should know how many people will be eliminated each time.
Example: 12 people left – Call: Circle of Friends = 2 groups of 5 = 10 people = 2 people will be eliminated. With 3 people left – Call Looking Over Horse = 2 people = 1 person will be eliminated.
The last TWO people Wins & get a PRIZE each – ENJOY!!

This Game was co-created & modified by: Naomi R. Wilson 06-2003 (Updated 11-2022)

Women in a circle doing sweeping the teepee  Women in a circle doing sweeping the teepee