County of Prince Edward: County celebrates Indigenous history and culture throughout June
June 10, 2021
Variety of activities and programming will recognize contributions of Indigenous peoples
Picton – The County of Prince Edward has joined with community partners to mark National Indigenous History Month in June and National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21.
“Over the next several weeks we have the opportunity to learn more about the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada — the first peoples of Canada. And it is my hope that this exploration will continue beyond this one month,” Mayor Steve Ferguson says. “I urge all residents to celebrate and recognize the contributions of the Indigenous peoples to our community and Canada.”
While The County Museums remain closed due to COVID-19 regulations, staff will offer a virtual tour of the permanent exhibition, The Indigenous History of Prince Edward County, on Wednesday, June 16 at 1 pm. Watch live on The Museums’ Facebook page.
The Museums will also host a virtual corn grinding demonstration on their Facebook page led by Janice Brant Kahehtoktha from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on Wednesday, June 23, at 11 am. An earlier presentation at The County Museums by Janice Brant Kahehtoktha about Ratinenhayén:thos and the Kenhte:ke Seed Sanctuary and Learning Centre can be viewed online.
“Over the past several years, we have made it a priority to tell a more complete history of Prince Edward County – one that highlights the historical importance of Indigenous peoples in this area,” says Jessica Chase, Assistant Curator. “We are also striving to make space in our museums for Indigenous voices to ensure that visitors are able to engage with the County’s Indigenous story in meaningful and authentic ways.”
The municipality is sponsoring two events at the County of Prince Edward Public Library and Archives as part of National Indigenous History Month. They include a presentation by Chef David Wolfman on Thursday, June 24 at 2 pm. He will share a look at Indigenous culture through food. A talk by Cree author Darrel J. McLeod and moderated by Councillor Bill Roberts will take place on Wednesday, June 30 at 2 pm. McLeod wrote Peyakow and Mamaskatch, which received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction. The Library and Archives has planned several other programs for both children and adults. Click here for the full listing.
“At the County of Prince Edward Public Library and Archives, we welcome the opportunity to partner with the municipality and The County Museums to offer an array of programs for all ages in recognition of National Indigenous History Month,” says Library CEO Barbara Sweet, “We will continue to host talks and author events throughout the year, and welcome suggestions from members of the community.”
Visit the County website to see a complete list of events planned for June. The page also provides information about the municipality’s journey toward reconciliation as well as Indigenous peoples who have a historic connection and interest in Prince Edward County.
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