Indigenous Awareness Week

March 20, 2017 – March 24, 2017 all-day
University of Manitoba

March 20-24, 2017
“Where do I come from? Where am I going? Why am I here? Who am I?” These are four questions Senator Murray Sinclair urged us all to consider. These four questions have been difficult for many Indigenous people to address for themselves because of experiences such as residential and day schools, the Sixties Scoop, the degradation and loss of Indigenous languages, and other historic wrongs. Indigenous people have long lived with oversimplified definitions of identity dictated by the Canadian Constitution. But today, more and more Indigenous people are reclaiming nationhood, culture, traditions, languages and elements of identity that have been lost or adversely affect. During Indigenous Awareness Week 2017, Elders, academics and students will share their experiences and research related to identity and what it will take for all of us to answer: “Where do I come from? Where am I going? Why am I here? Who am I?”
Monday, March 20, 2017 – Elders Gathering
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Migizii Agamik – Foyer

Indigenous Awareness Week will commence with an Elders gathering. Attendees will be invited to take part in ceremony and discussions that will facilitate the sharing of Indigenous knowledge and traditions.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – Defining Culture
9:00 a.m. – 11:30
Senate Chambers

Culture may be regared as those dimentions of social life in which knowledge, heritage, consciousness and tradition are reflected. This session will explore a working definition of culture by utilizing examples of cultural dynamics. North Americans assume Indigenous peoples are more alike than different when the living reality may not support that assumption.

Dr. Martin Brokenleg
Dr. Martin Brokenleg is co-author of the book Rcelaiming Youth at Risk: Our Hope for the Future and co-developer of the Circle of Courage model and provides training worldwide for individuals who work with youth at risk. He holds a doctorate in psychology and is a graduate of the Anglican Divinity School. He is a retired professor and was most recently Director of Native Ministries and Professor of First Nations Theology at the Vancouver School of Theology. For 30 years, Dr. Brokenleg was Professor of Native American studies at Augustana University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has also been a director of The Neighbourhood Youth Corps, chaplain in a correctional setting, and has extensive experience as an alcohol counselor. Dr. Brokenleg has consulted and led training programs throughout North America, New Zealand, Europe, Australia, and South Africa. He is the father of three children and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – Reclaiming Identity
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Red Rising magazine Issue #5 launch
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Dr. Raven Sinclair
Multi-Purpose Room 224 University Centre

Red Rising magazine Issue #5 Launch
The founders of Red Rising began the magazine to provide a space for Indigenous youth to use their own voices and to take control of their narrative.

Sadie Phoenix-Lavoie
Ashley Richard
Kevin Settee

Awina kiya! Indigenous identity in the Millennium
This presentation examines the notion of identity from a psychological standpoint as well as an Indigenous/Cree perspective. Dr. Raven Sinclair uses her own story of child welfare/intergenerational residential school survivor to illustrate the fragility of identity and the sometimes rocky terrain that we have to traverse in coming to remember who we are as Indigenous people whose identity is intertwined with that of our families, communities, and nations, and our collective history of colonialism.

Dr. Raven Sinclair, BA, BSW, MSW, PhD
Raven Sinclair is a member of Gordon’s First Nation (Nehiyaw – Cree) of the Treaty #4 area of southern Saskatchewan, Canada. She is an Associate Professor of Social Work with the University of Regina, Saskatoon Campus. Her areas of interest include Indigenous mental health and trauma recovery, Indigenous research and ethics, Indigenous child welfare, transracial adoption and cultural identity, interpersonal and non-violent communication, lateral violence intervention, group process and facilitation, and settler colonial theory. Raven likes to balance her academic life with an over-zealous use of power tools to renovate anything within sight. Raven has an eleven year-old daughter, Mercedes, who is the love and light of her life.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Métis Today
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Multi-Purpose Room 224 University Centre

*Session description coming soon

Dr. Adam Gaudry
Adam Gaudry is Métis and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies and Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. His research explores nineteenth-century Métis political thought, the formation of a Metis-Canada treaty relationship in 1970, and the subsequent non-implementation of that agreement. Adam received his PhD from the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria, and his MA in Sociology and BA (Honours) in Political Studies from Queen’s University. For his doctoral research on historic Métis-Canada relations, Adam received the Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Writing Fellowship at Yale University. He is also a co-investigator on the SSHRC-funded Métis Treaties Project.
Friday, March 24, 2017 – Celebrating the Next Generation
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Indigenous Graduate Student Research
Room 409 Tier

This session will showcase the work of Indigenous graduate students at the U of M whose research reflects the history and contemporary realities of Indigenous peoples, guiding us to better understand where we come from, why we are here, where we are going, and who we are.

Jason Bone – Jason Bone is from the Keeseekoowenin First Nation, and is in his first year of PhD Studies. His MA Thesis is titled Baagak Aadisookewin: Legends of history and Memory. Jason’s research focuses on Anishinaabe-Ojibwe Story as a method to understand Indigenous Knowledges. Jason is married and father of two children. Jason’s presentation for IAW is called: Gii-zhawenimaad Anishinaaben. As the Sturgeon Loves the Anishinaabe people: Doodem Dibaajimowin – Clan Story

Monica Cyr – Monica Cyr is a Masters student in the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences. Her research focuses on Indigenous food systems, which allows her to connect her Métis history, culture and traditions with her passion for nutrition.


2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. An Afternoon of Indigenous Excellence
Marshall McLuhan Hall

Please join us as we celebrate the remarkable achievements and unique contributions of Indigenous students at the U of M. We will honour the recipients of the first annual Indigenous Student Awards of Excellence.

Dr. Kevin Lamoureux – Kevin Lamoureux is a dedicated teacher who specializes in reaching out to non-traditional students to provide more pathways into post-secondary education. As an engaged instructor with the University of Winnipeg’s Faculty of Education’s ACCESS program, Lamoureux has developed expertise in groundbreaking mentorship and inclusion programs within Indigenous education. ACCESS provides students from Winnipeg’s inner city with non-traditional academic backgrounds to become teachers, through academic supports, counselling services and cultural teachings. He is a PhD student in the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Education and was appointed Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Affairs at the U of W in 2016.