Registration Closed - Pine Needle Basket Workshop

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 6:00pm EST
Event Location: 
via zoom
Event Contact Name: 
Sheila Pelletier-Demerah
Event Contact E-mail: 

Virtual Pine Needle Basket Workshop

Tuesday, February 2 -  6 pm to 8 pm - Via Zoom

Join the ISSC and local artisan Helen Pelletier to create a pine needle basket. Learn how to identify a red pine, prepare pine needles and create your own basket. All materials will be provided to make a small basket.

Pre-register at adm.issc@lakeheadu.ca by January 20th . Space is limited

pine needle basket  

SAVE THE DATE - Jennifer Harper, CEO and Founder of Cheekbone Beauty

Event Date: 
Friday, February 12, 2021 - 11:00am EST
Event Location: 
zoom
Event Contact Name: 
Sheila Pelletier-Demerah
Event Contact E-mail: 

Jennifer Harper

An award-winning social entrepreneur, Jenn Harper is the founder and CEO of Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics INC.  Cheekbone Beauty is a digitally native direct to consumer brand that is helping Indigenous youth see themselves in a beauty brand while using the concept of a circular economy in the brands ethos and in developing their latest line of products.  Creating a new segment in the beauty industry - Sustainable Socially Conscious Beauty.  

Jennifer Harper has been making a name for herself in the beauty industry for a number of years but has been gaining popularity quickly after being on the hit CBC show, Dragons Den https://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden/m_pitches/cheekbone-beauty . Cheekbone Beauty is helping Indigenous youth see themselves in a beauty brand. 

During the development of Cheekbone Beauty, Jenn researched the current makeup landscape as well as charities that are helping close the educational funding gap that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. After in depth research, the Cheekbone team found the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society (FNCFCS) and the connection between their mission and Jenn’s family experience was serendipitous.

Cheekbone Beauty continues to support the FNCFCS today by donating 10% of the profits to Shannen’s Dream. During Cheekbone’s infancy, Jenn endured a heavy personal loss with the suicide of her brother B.J. This loss, though difficult, has remained a driving force behind the desire to see Cheekbone Beauty succeed with its mission, to empower Indigenous youth.

In addition to Cheekbone’s mission, she strives to educate as many people as possible about the Residential School System and the effects it has had on my family and friends through decades of generational trauma. She speaks regularly to university, college and high school students about social entrepreneurship, empathy and the history of her First Nations family. She has also been invited to speak to various entrepreneur groups, women in business associations, Apple Canada and First Nations organizations.

In 2019, Jenn was named ‘Women of the Year’ by Chatelaine Magazine.  https://www.chatelaine.com/living/jennifer-harper-woman-of-the-year-2019/

 

 

SAVE THE DATE Arthur Joshua Whitehead ~ 2021 Canada Reads Finalist

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 12:00pm EST
Event Location: 
via zoom
Event Contact Name: 
Sheila Pelletier-Demerah
Event Contact E-mail: 


Joshua Whitehead (he/him) is a Two-Spirit, Oji-nêhiyaw member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is currently a Ph.D. candidate, lecturer, and Killam scholar at the University of Calgary where he studies Indigenous literatures and cultures with a focus on gender and sexuality. His dissertation, tentatively titled "Feral Fatalisms," is a hybrid narrative of theory, essay, and non-fiction that interrogates the role of "ferality" inherent within Indigenous ways of being (with a strong focus on nêhiyawewin). He is the author of full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks 2017) which was shortlisted for the inaugural Indigenous Voices Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. He is also the author of Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press 2018) which was long listed for the Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Indigenous Voices Award, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, and won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction and the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction. Whitehead is currently working on a third manuscript titled, Making Love with the Land to be published with Knopf Canada, which explores the intersections of Indigeneity, queerness, and, most prominently, mental health through a nêhiyaw lens. Currently, Whitehead is premiering his newly edited anthology, Love after the End: an Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction.You can find his work published widely in such venues as Prairie Fire, CV2, EVENT, Arc Poetry Magazine, The Fiddlehead, Grain, CNQ, Write, and Red Rising Magazine. 

Dr. Sean Lessard - "The Red Worn Runners" Wellness and Empowerment

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Event Location: 
via Zoom
Event Contact Name: 
Sheila Pelletier-Demerah
Event Contact E-mail: 

The Red Worn Runners - Wellness and Empowerment

 with Dr. Sean Lessard, Associate Professor; University of Alberta 

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

viz zoom

Sean will explore his early work alongside youth which he entitled the "Red Worn Runners" which has become a central theme that shapes the ways that he continues to work and design programming alongside indigenous youth both in and outside of school places.  This work has led to significant community based program innovations and policy re-design as he continues to advocate for the importance of youth voice and empowerment. 
 
Register in advance for this presentation:
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining.
 
Sean Lessard
 
Dr. Sean Lessard is from Montreal Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 6 territory in Northern Saskatchewan.  He is an award winning writer, international speaker and researcher in the field of indigenous education and youth studies. Sean is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Regina and Associate Professor at the University of Alberta.  His work focuses on indigenous youth empowerment and leadership which has led to the co-creation of Growing Young Movers Youth Development an intergenerational wellness program and research hub. 
 
 
 
 

Winter Storytelling with Isaac Murdoch

Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 11:00am EST
Event Location: 
zoom
Event Contact Name: 
Sheila Pelletier-Demerah
Event Contact E-mail: 

Winter Storytelling

 with Isaac Murdoch (Bomgiizhik) First Nations;

Anishinaabeg; Ojibway; Serpent River First Nation, Fish Clan

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
 
Register in advance for this event:
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
EVERYONE WELCOME! 
 
iMurdoch
Issac Murdoch
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isaac Murdoch, whose Ojibway name is Manzinapkinegego’anaabe / Bombgiizhik is from the fish clan and is from Serpent River First Nation. Isaac grew up in the traditional setting of hunting, fishing and trapping. Many of these years were spent learning from Elders in the northern regions of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Isaac is well respected as a storyteller and traditional knowledge holder. For many years he has led various workshops and cultural camps that focuses on the transfer of knowledge to youth. Other areas of expertise include: traditional ojibway paint, imagery/symbolism, harvesting, medicine walks, & ceremonial knowledge, cultural camps, Anishinaabeg oral history, birch bark canoe making, birch bark scrolls, Youth & Elders workshops, etc. He has committed his life to the preservation of Anishinaabe cultural practices and has spent years learning directly from Elders.
 

Elder In Residence - Elder Beatrice Twance-Hynes

Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Event Location: 
via Zoom
Event Contact Name: 
Sheila Pelletier-Demerah
Event Contact E-mail: 

Elder In Residence – Elder Beatrice Twance-Hynes

Elder Beatrice Twance-Hynes, is a member of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation. Beatrice is a traditional women’s dancer who makes her own regalia. She is a grandmother pipe carrier, a sacred circle facilitator, songwriter, singer and drummer. She does teachings on the Medicine Wheel, the Sacred Medicines, and the Seven Sacred Grandfathers and the hand drum. 

To connect with Elder Beatrice Trance-Hynes contact adm.issc@lakeheadu.ca for zoom link.

Indigenous Student Services Centre - Virtual Open House

Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 12:00pm EST
Event Location: 
zoom
Event Contact Name: 
Sheila Pelletier-Demerah
Event Contact E-mail: 

 Indigenous Student Services Centre

Virtual Open House 

Wednesday, Jan. 13 – 12 pm to 1 pm

Register in advance for this event:

https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qd-isqTgsGtMczHUV7Ug2rQNf5U6joSie 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the open house.  

This will be your chance to meet staff, learn about our services, meet fellow students and possibly win a gift card. 

Elder In Residence - Elder Gerry Martin

Event Date: 
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Friday, January 22, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Friday, January 29, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Friday, February 5, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Friday, February 12, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Friday, February 26, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Friday, March 5, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Friday, March 12, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 1:00pm EDT
Friday, March 19, 2021 - 1:00pm EDT
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 1:00pm EDT
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 1:00pm EDT
Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 1:00pm EDT
Friday, April 2, 2021 - 1:00pm EDT
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 1:00pm EDT
Friday, April 9, 2021 - 1:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
zoom
Event Contact Name: 
Sheila Pelletier-Demerah
Event Contact E-mail: 

Elder In Residence - Elder Gerry Martin

The Indigenous Student Services Centre is pleased to have Elder Gerry Martin available for individual or group discussions. Gerry Martin is a former nurse and a student of traditional Indigenous healing methods. He is from the Mattagami First Nation of Ojibways in Northeastern Ontario. Gerry feels very comfortable teaching, learning, and sharing his knowledge of traditional Indigenous healing methods and considers it a life-long journey to learn more. He is a son, father, and grandfather and Great-Grandfather who followed his destiny and enjoys life to the fullest. 

To connect with Elder Martin through zoom please contact adm.issc@lakeheadu.ca and you will be forwarded the link. 

Gerry Martin

Michif Language Learning Event with Joshua Morin

Event Date: 
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Zoom
Event Contact Name: 
Celine Wick
Event Contact E-mail: 

Michif Language Learning Event with Joshua Morin

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Joshua Morin is the Director of Operations at Michif Cultural Connections in St. Albert, Alberta. Josh is a Michif language learner and since the COVID-19 pandemic, has facilitated online Michif language learning classes to bring community and Métis culture to folks across the homelands during these difficult times. Please join for an afternoon of language learning, visiting and community.

Everyone is welcome.

Email adm.issc@lakeheadu.ca to register.

Reading and Conversation with Anishinaabe storyteller and writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 7:00pm EST
Event Location: 
On-line
Please join us on Tuesday, November 24 at 7pm for a reading and conversation with award-winning Anishinaabe storyteller and writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, presented by Lakehead University’s Department of English with the support of the University’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives and the Thunder Bay Public Library.
 

Simpson will be presenting her latest book Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies, available September 1 from Anansi. It can be purchased in paperback and ebook formats here: https://houseofanansi.com/products/noopiming

This is an online event, open to the public around the world and can be livestreamed and watched in the future on the English Department’s YouTube channel here: http://tiny.cc/LakeheadEnglish

Limited spaces are available on November 24 to join the live Q&A with Simpson. If you would like to apply to join the Q&A, please register at this link by November 14, 2020: https://forms.gle/npQi7wP7GuSzu6r67

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, scholar, and musician, and a member of Alderville First Nation. She is the author of five previous books, including This Accident of Being Lost, which won the MacEwan Book of the Year and the Peterborough Arts Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Indigenous Author; was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Trillium Book Award; was longlisted for CBC Canada Reads; and was named a best book of the year by the Globe and Mail, National Post, and Quill & Quire. She has released two albums, including f(l)ight, which is a companion piece to This Accident of Being Lost.

ABOUT THE BOOK (from the publisher)

Award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson returns with a bold reimagination of the novel, one that combines narrative and poetic fragments through a careful and fierce reclamation of Anishinaabe aesthetics.

Mashkawaji (they/them) lies frozen in the ice, remembering a long-ago time of hopeless connection and now finding freedom and solace in isolated suspension. They introduce us to the seven main characters: Akiwenzii, the old man who represents the narrator’s will; Ninaatig, the maple tree who represents their lungs; Mindimooyenh, the old woman who represents their conscience; Sabe, the giant who represents their marrow; Adik, the caribou who represents their nervous system; Asin, the human who represents their eyes and ears; and Lucy, the human who represents their brain. Each attempts to commune with the unnatural urban-settler world, a world of SpongeBob Band-Aids, Ziploc baggies, Fjällräven Kånken backpacks, and coffee mugs emblazoned with institutional logos. And each searches out the natural world, only to discover those pockets that still exist are owned, contained, counted, and consumed. Cut off from nature, the characters are cut off from their natural selves.

Noopiming is Anishinaabemowin for “in the bush,” and the title is a response to English Canadian settler and author Susanna Moodie’s 1852 memoir Roughing It in the Bush. To read Simpson’s work is an act of decolonization, degentrification, and willful resistance to the perpetuation and dissemination of centuries-old colonial myth-making. It is a lived experience. It is a breaking open of the self to a world alive with people, animals, ancestors, and spirits, who are all busy with the daily labours of healing — healing not only themselves, but their individual pieces of the network, of the web that connects them all together. Enter and be changed.
 
 poster for discussion with Leanna Simpson - Nov 24
 
 

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