Day 1 – Thursday, July 18, 2024 – (All Together)

Keynote SpeakerTodd Genno – Seven Grandfather Teachings – Todd will speak to his early years growing up separated from his parents and siblings and being raised in the child welfare system. Todd will touch on the stigmas of children in care and how he broke those stigmas to become a kind loving father he is today. Todd attributes his resiliency as a result of a positive identity and belonging which was restored when his leaders from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg fought to bring Todd and his siblings from CAS in Toronto to repatriate them back to the community of Biigtigong where Todd had connections with elders and ceremonies. Todd’s story will take you on a roller coaster of emotions, but will leave you with laughter and feeling uplifted and assuring we are on the right track of breaking cycles and doing right by our children we work with.

Site Tours of Child Care and EarlyON Centres – Maawdoo Maajaamin Child Care and Ekwaamjigenang Children’s Centre

Social – Dinner, Big Drum, and Vendors will be at the School Gym. Transportation back to the hotel will be provided when event is over. Social starts at 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Day 2 – Friday, July 19, 2024 – (Workshops)

Tobacco Tie Teaching with Joseph (ALL) – We are forever learners. Joseph will walk us through making a tobacco tie and why it is important to us as indigenous peoples.

First Nation Early Learning Website Presentation with Wanda, Sherry, and Michelle (ALL) – Take a look at the First Nation Early Learning Website in detail and what it has to offer you as an educator. Wanda, Sherry and Michelle will share information about what is happening now and coming up for the Indigenous Professional Learning Opportunities Team and YOU.

You can choose 2 workshops to participate in. One in the morning from 10:15 – 12:15 and one in the afternoon from 1:15 – 3:15. All workshops will run in the morning and in the afternoon.

Workshop 1 – Medicine Walk with Joseph – Join Joseph on a walk where he will show you medicine/plants and their uses.

Workshop 2 – Landbase with Nikki and Tyrell – Information to follow

Workshop 3 – Outdoor Games with Dallas Squire – Onkwehonwe Games aims to build relationships and inspire respect for all indigenous peoples by sharing baseline history and culture of the Six Nations people through traditional games. We understand that everything is interconnected and use games to teach and discuss geography and land, our creation story, language and traditional understandings of health, lifestyle and connection to nature. You will be making a game to take home with you ready to use with the children in your centre.

Workshop 4 – Making Bracelets with Shelley Squire – Make an intention bracelet with a special bead made with the four sacred medicines.