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Online Event, Niagara Parks

Indigenous Month Speaker Series

This National Indigenous History Month, explore some of Niagara’s past and present Indigenous connections with this online speaker series featuring commentators specializing in Indigenous history, art and culture.
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Indigenous Month Speaker Series

Celebrating the Gifted Waters: Women’s Sharing Circle

This National Indigenous History Month, explore issues impacting Indigenous women from different perspectives, age groups and career paths with our Indigenous Month Speaker Series. Celebrating the Gifted Waters: Women’s Sharing Circle is an opportunity to participate in poignant dialogues alongside six Indigenous commentators specializing in Indigenous history, art and contemporary culture.

The Indigenous Month Speaker Series is delivered as a live-streamed, digital event. Tickets grant access using any computer, tablet or mobile device for these live, interactive sessions.

Tickets are $15 per event, or $35 for the series. All sessions begin at 7:00 PM.

The Speakers

Indigenous women in fashion and entertainment

Semiah Smith and Brittany Clause
June 2

Strawberry Moon Matriarch Circle

Grandmother Jackie Labonte and Grandmother Gail Whitlow
June 16

Preserving Indigenous culture in the community

Alyssa General and Nikki Shawana
June 30

Indigenous women in fashion and entertainment

Semiah Smith and Brittany Clause
June 2, 7:00 P.M. – $15

Indigenous women are taking a lead in the Canadian fashion and entertainment industries, developing unique consumer products that impact the economy and build positive awareness of Indigenous culture. Through the perspective of two young Indigenous women in fashion and entertainment, gain some insight into the challenges faced by young Indigenous creators and the future of Indigenous engagement in these industries.

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Indigenous women in fashion and entertainment
Strawberry Moon Matriarch Circle

Strawberry Moon Matriarch Circle

Grandmother Jackie Labonte and Grandmother Gail Whitlow
June 16, 7:00 P.M. – $15

Diving deep into traditional knowledge, wisdom and healing, Grandmother Jackie and Grandmother Gail will explain the Indigenous ways of knowing and working with all relatives to incorporate important teachings to pave a healthy cross-cultural path forward.

Grandmothers will also touch on the meaningful connection between strawberries and the Grandmother Moon. Discover why during the Strawberry Moon cycle, in the month of June, communities gather for an annual feast that symbolizes starting fresh and letting go of judgement and self-righteousness.

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Preserving Indigenous culture in the community

Alyssa M. General and Nikki Shawana
June 30, 7:00 P.M. – $15

Indigenous culture and traditions continue to be revitalized and sustained through strategic efforts being done to preserve languages and cultural practices. In this powerful and educational session, meet two women who are embracing the power of their ancestral ways and re-introducing them to the community through creative arts.

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Preserving Indigenous culture in the community
Indigenous Connections Along the Niagara Parkway

Indigenous Connections Along the Niagara Parkway

The land along the Niagara River has been recognized as a spiritual place with rich ties to Indigenous history and culture for many generations. Oral tradition and archaeological evidence indicate that Indigenous peoples have lived along the Niagara River, from Fort Erie north to the shores of Lake Ontario in Niagara-on-the-Lake, for more than 13,000 years. Use our interactive map to discover these Indigenous connections along the Niagara Parkway.