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Wabanaki Knowledge Keepers
We organized a series of on-line webinars called Wabanaki Knowledge Keepers, bringing elders together to share traditional teachings. We also have interviews with elders that were created at gatherings or workshops.
Journey to Forgiveness with Mi'Kmaq Knowledge Keepers Jane Meader, Natalie Gloade and Sinead Meader
When you have been impacted by deep trauma and violence, how do you move on? How do you not get lost in anger and trauma. Natalie Gloade, Jane and Sinead Meader share their journey to forgiveness after having being directly impacted by the murder of a loved ones, their mother, their father and husband. Hosted by Rosalee LaBillois Their journeys were not easy and it was a choice to search for a way to continue living the traditional values and staying connected to Creator
Jane Meader: teaching children about wampum belts.
Jane Meader talking about teaching literacy to children from an Indigenous perspective. Teachings children about wampum belts including how to use wampum belt in talking circles. It became a treaty between the children and the school and the teachers.
Sitting with Wabanaki Knowledge Keepers: Questions from participants
Sacred place of sharing with women. Sitting with our elders Jane Meader, Marilyn Francis, miigam'agan. Hosted by Catherine Martin. Since covid there has been few opportunities for people to sit with elders, so we provided an opportunity for people to ask elders questions. Topics included how to learn the meaning of your Spirit name, the gifts that your name gives you and connecting to the life essence, Spirit and energy. Learning from the original teachers - the trees, the humming bird; healing and love; visions; meaning of the beaver, white buffalo; Spirit helpers; if you didn't get your rites of passage or walking out ceremony as not raised traditional - can you still or through these?; sharing knowledge across First Nations; stages of life; Women of First Light activities and circles; ceremonies;
Wabanaki Knowledge Keepers Circle *** Youth circle
Youth are also knowledge keepers. In this session youth shared their wisdom, their hopes and their challenges. It features Ryan Gould form Membertou who started a men's group to help support single dad's and those struggling with addictions. The group has become an amazing place for young men to gather, to learn and support each other. They also support the community by organizing and holding Mother Day's lunches. It features Paulina Meader who has followed the traditional ways her whole live and is involved in many ceremonies. She also works educating health care workers on Indigenous ways of being. Hannah Martin has been engaged in youth activism for years, from telling Prime Minister Trudeau that Mother earth is not a myth to travel to the UN as part of a youth delegation or meeting with Indigenous people in Guatemala. Rosalie LaBillois has been a part of the AFN youth council for years. She is a singing and a strong knowledge keeper. Topics included overcoming addictions, walking in two worlds (Native and non-native), working with young men to respect women, learning to truly forgive in order to move on from trauma and the strength that comes from traditional ways.
Wabanaki Knowledge Keepers Circle: Longhouse teachings, mid-winter gathering
Speakers Jane Meader, Ron Thremblay, miigam'agan, Alma Brook, Cathy Martin. Hosted by Paulina Meader. Sharing longhouse teachings, understanding Indigenous worldview - unpacking the language - the meaning of numbers; how to decolonialize ourselves; meaning of mid-winter, winter solstice ceremonies; putting food out on Jan 31rst; how to be an ally; connecting to ancestorial memories and Spirits; learning from nature; wampum belts, (Wabanaki confederacy belt, joint Haudenosaunee & Wabanaki belt as agreements between people and Spirit); feminine and masculine energies; love;
Wabanaki Knowledge Keepers Circle - January 21st, 2021
A conversation with Wabanaki Knowledge Keepers Jane Meader, Wolastoqewi Grand Chief spasaqsit possesom - Ron Tremblay, miigam'agan, Catherine Martin, and Alma Brooks. With prayers by Albert Marshall. Moderated by Ishbel Munro and Paulina Meader. Resources Referenced: The Science of the Sacred - Nicole Redvers, ND Mi'kmaq Creation Story - Woman of the Water https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCVIUYlD3qs The Creation story shared by Stephen Augustine . Mi'gmaq Creation Story © https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQvup95nhvk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHRfv2ADqH8 CIOOS Atlantic Speakers Series 2021: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bringing-together-indigenous-western-ways-of-coastal-ocean-observing-tickets-123052971751 https://cioosatlantic.ca/wp-content/uploads/4-CIOOS-Atlantic-Literature-Review-Presentation-13-minutes_Large-file.mp4 Wapapi akonutomakonol: the Wampum records: Wabanaki traditional laws by Lewis Mitchell
Mi'kmaq and Algonquin Treaty Defenders Voices - We ALL Are Treaty People Webinar
Mi'kmaq and Algonquin Treaty Defenders Voices - We ALL Are Treaty People Webinar was held on October 6th, 2021, setup as a panel discussion with various Mi'kmaq and Algonquin Treaty Defenders. The talk includes lobster fisheries in the east and the work to conserve our relative the moose in Ontario.
Peace and Friendship Treaties: Treaties 101 and impact of treaties on women, water and land
Host Rosalie LaBillois opens with the Kitpu (Eagle song) Gkiskedtanamoogk covers the original meaning of treaties between Indigenous Nations and later with settlers. Discussion includes unceeded lands and how we can live together in a good way. Dr. Sherry Pictou talks about the impacts on women, water and land. She points out how Covid stopped the federal government on moving forward on MMIW but did not stop development, which often leads to more murdered and missing Indigenous women. From the Doctrine of Discovery to modern day legislation, it is based on a colonial worldview, a patriarchal system that does not respect life. but "we can change the direction of humanity,"
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