Lakehead University celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day – Anishinabek News

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Lakehead University celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day – Anishinabek News

by ahnationtalk on June 29, 202229 Views

June 29, 2022

ORILLIA — A Sunrise Ceremony, flint knapping, wampum belt, teepee, and drum teachings and a truth and reconciliation dialogue were featured at Lakehead University’s June 18 Tipi Raising Gathering at the Orillia campus. The Sunrise Ceremony was led by Beausoleil Elder Trish Monague, the flint knapping by M’Chigeeng First Nation’s Shawn Corbiere, the wampum belt by Chippewas of Georgina Island’s Brian Charles, the teepee and drum teachings and teepee raising by Moose Cree Elder Jimmy Dick, and the truth and reconciliation dialogue by Chippewas of Georgina Island’s Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux.

“We had a great turnout — it was a big learning experience for some of the folks,” says Corbiere, flint knapping Knowledge Keeper and Indigenous liaison officer at Georgian Bay Islands National Park/Beausoleil Island National Historic Site who was a consultant for the movie, The Silencing, which was filmed in Sudbury. “We have an archaeological site that dates back over 5,000 years [at] Georgian Bay Islands National Park. We know that stone tool manufacturing was going over 5,000 years ago over there on the island, so I wanted to bring that knowledge back home because it’s a dying art.”

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