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Join us this June as we acknowledge National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day with opportunities to learn, engage, and celebrate.
In collaboration with the
Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team from the
Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle,
Barrie Native Friendship Centre,
Red Quills, and the
Barrie Public Library, we celebrate the rich heritage, diverse cultures, and significant contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples with a variety of exciting programs throughout the month of June.
Funded in part by the Government of Canada.
We acknowledge the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg people, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Pottawatomi Nations collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. We also acknowledge the Wendat Nation (Huron) who occupied these lands prior to the middle of the 17th century.
We are dedicated to honouring Indigenous history and culture and recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land. We are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and respect with all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit People.
June 2, 10am
The community comes together for a flag raising to officially kick-off the month of June celebrating National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day.
The flag being raised represents the regional organizations serving the Indigenous community in Barrie and area and features a medicine bear. In the Anishinaabe Clans, Makwa (bear) is responsible for protection of the community and for healing. The bear on the flag is covered in medicines that heal and help on the path to Mino Bimaadziwin (the Good Life). The bear image is property of the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle and is used on the flag with permission.
June 4, 2pm
Learn about the uniqueness of Inuit People and their distinct culture through story, language, and craft.
Meet Muckpaloo Ipeelie, Inuit cultural teacher and owner/operator of the
Urban Inuit Identity Project, as we gather and learn together with activities designed to foster sharing. Listen as Muckpaloo reads
A Promise Is A Promise written by Canadian children's author Robert Munsch with Nunavut author Michael Kusugak. Explore this adventure story about a young girl who encounters the Qallupilluit, an imaginary Inuit character. Create your own stamped journal to sketch your own imaginary character or to note what you've learned.
Presented in partnership with the Barrie Public Library. For more information about this activity, email email@example.com.
Join us for an informative workshop that will illuminate how wampum was used to record relationships and treaties between the First Peoples of the Eastern Woodland, as well as with settler societies of Canada.
Bryan Charles is an off-reserve Band member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island and Indigenous historian who has worked collaboratively with a small group of knowledge keepers to research and assemble a physical repository of wampum belts connected to Ojibway history.
Space is limited, pre-registration required – please email
firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of people in your group and their names.
Presented in partnership with Red Quills.
June 21, 10am
On the morning of June 21st, Coldwater Ojibway will be on Kempenfelt Bay to bring healing songs to the community for National Indigenous Peoples Day. All are invited to gather along the water's edge between the Southshore Centre and Spirit Catcher to experience the drum representing Mother Earth's heartbeat, connecting all living things, and bringing people together. Regalia, Ribbon skirts/shirts encouraged.
The head drummer for Coldwater Ojibway is Ogimaa Nme (Chief Sturgeon) who is Ojibway/Pottawatomi. Coldwater Ojibway was formed back in 2015, but Ogimaa Nme has been singing long before that with other drums and teachers. The group has shared their teachings and drummings with many communities and organizations within Ontario.
Celebrate with family activities, community booths, artisan vendors, drumming, dancing, and more cultural sharing opportunities. MC: Beedahsiga Elliott
Hosted collaboratively with Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team from the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle, Barrie Native Friendship Centre, Red Quills, Barrie Public Library, and the City of Barrie.
Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team for community connection and enjoy listening to some local Indigenous musicians.
Experience a film under the stars with the Barrie Film Festival and a special showing of the film
Kayak to Klemtu.
Ella (Ta'Kaiya Blaney), a First Nations teenager from the West Coast, decides to travel the length of the Inside Passage along the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest by kayak in order to testify against a proposed pipeline that would see oil tanker traffic through her beloved homeland waters. She's prepared for all of the challenges, but the most challenging of all is that she has to bring her dysfunctional family with her, which makes for a fun adventure. From Tla'Amin to Klemtu, BC, this family navigates their blend of cultures and desires while their spirits honour the coast as a place to protect and call home. Directed by Zoe Leigh Hopkins, a Heiltsuk/Mohawk writer and film director. 2018, PG.
Kayak to Klemtu Trailer
Told with a lighthearted touch, Run Woman Run is a feel-good anti-rom-com about a woman who has to tackle the ghosts of her past before she can run toward a new future. The film is by critically acclaimed writer/director Zoe Hopkins (Kayak to Klemtu). For all of the details and to purchase tickets, visit
Barrie Film Festival.
Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin: Primary Care Team honours Indigenous wellness through culturally grounded, collaborative primary health care. Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin means “everyone helps" which comes from the vision of seeing many people around an individual supporting them by holding them in their hands – together, the hands help keep the individual straight and tall.
Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle (BANAC): BANAC serves as a regional social health and planning organization functioning as an incubator of ideas in areas where a strong regional voice is needed. Their current initiatives include Indigenous community development in the areas of childcare, health planning, social development, and support to seniors and families.
Since 1987, the
Barrie Native Friendship Centre (BNFC) has been improving the quality of life for all Indigenous people in the area by providing a gathering place that promotes unity and wholistic healing through culturally based programs, services, and teachings.
Red Quills delivers cultural sharing and provides services to non-Indigenous sectors to build meaningful relationships with the Indigenous community through partnership and joint ventures. The road to reconciliation is knowing the Indigenous history of Simcoe County and understanding each other through the rich Indigenous culture of this area.
Urban Inuit Identity Project provides education for community builders, healthcare and social services about the cultural uniqueness of Inuit and support that empowers Inuit identity.
BPL has a
virtual hub and opportunities throughout the month for all ages to learn about Indigenous history, culture, and people at the library. Resources and programming include reading recommendations for both adults and children, book chats, family activities and storytime, National Film Board short film screenings, mental health and wellness resources, and more. Check out their
calendar to search for more opportunities throughout the year.
In addition to the links above, below are other resources to help you learn about Indigenous peoples, culture, and heritage:
Local Indigenous Communities:
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